Meet the 16-year-old boy in form 1 who reportedly walks 87 km to school

Meet the 16-year-old boy in form 1 who reportedly walks 87 km to school

- Hesbon Wabwire is a partial orphan from Busia county and scored 386 marks in 2019 KCPE, landing an admission spot at Maseno School

- The boy's mother is bedridden and can not afford to cater for his education

- The teenager woke up at 4 am, dressed in his tattered primary school uniform and trekked 87km to Maseno

- Some well-wishers have helped him get uniform and a few personal effects

- More sponsors are needed to help in paying his fees so that he can settle in school

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As Form One students continue to throng different schools across the country for admission, a learner from Busia county has vowed that poverty is not going to cut short his education dreams.

Hesbon Wabwire, 16, trekked 87 kilometres all the way from Matayos, Busia to Maseno High School in Kisumu county only armed with his admission letter.

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Busia boy, 16, walks 87km to join Form One in Maseno School

Hesbon Wabwire (l) is a partial orphan from Busia county. Photo: Apuoyo Biggy.
Source: Facebook

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Wabwire is a former pupil at Nasira AC Primary School where he scored 386 marks in the 2019 KCPE.

The 16-year-old said his mother is bedridden and can not afford to pay school fees.

Busia boy, 16, walks 87km to join Form One in Maseno School

He woke up at 4am and trekked 87km to Maseno. Photo: Apuoyo Biggy.
Source: Facebook

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This is what prompted him to take a leap of faith hoping the school will admit him even without a penny.

His story reached several well-wishers, among them Silas Odhiambo alias Apuoyo Biggy, who on Tuesday, January 14, bought him a pair of uniform, shoes and a few personal supplies.

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Odhiambo has asked other well-wishers to come on board and help pay fees for the teenager.

"I have managed to get him school uniform, shoes and socks. Let us now come together and help him stay in school by paying his school fee. I urge those who have pledged to help to send their contributions.
One of the greatest challenges in this work of philanthropy is that some people promise to come on board but never deliver. I pray that this is not the case," Odhiambo told TUKO.co.ke on phone.
Busia boy, 16, walks 87km to join Form One in Maseno School

Silas Odhiambo (l) is among wellwishers who have helped him get uniform and a few personal effects. Photo: Apuoyo Biggy.
Source: Facebook

In a related development, a form 1 student named Levis Otieno's poor family could not afford to pay his fees or school uniform and he, therefore, showed up in the secondary school with only a metal box and two bars of soap.

His mother had tried to secure a bursary from the CDF but she was denied and therefore had to accompany his son to school with an empty metal box.

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