- Maryann Odira used to assume that her 14-year-old pupil was being indisciplined or just acting out
- The little girl often did not go to school and whenever she was in class, the Grade Two pupil could not pay attention
- Maryann decided to pay the girl a visit and was shocked to find out that the girl lived in a dilapidated home and slept on the cold floor
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They say money is the root of all evil but we beg to differ…poverty is.
It robs people of their dignity, education, their rights and common decency.
Maryann Achieng Odira, a teacher at Onganga Primary School, Homa Bay County always wondered why one of her learners was often late to class or would sometimes not show up to school.
And when the little girl attended class, she would be aloof and often failed to pay attention when the teacher was speaking.
To some extent, the educator thought that maybe her pupil was just being a truant or a case of indiscipline.
But the truth shocked Maryann, she found out that the little girl was fighting her own battles back at home.
The primary school teacher decided to trek to the girl’s home and at least get a better explanation that backed up her behaviour at school.
"She is 14 years old but still in Grade Two. If things were a bit better, she would be in Form One," the kind teacher told TUKO.co.ke in an exclusive interview.
The learner and her family live in the interior parts of the village.
When Maryann reached there, she was perturbed to learn of the conditions her pupil lived in.
The little girl lives with her grandmother and two cousins in a dilapidated one-room house that is rigged with holes.
"Her grandmother does not have a phone and therefore communication becomes hard sometimes," Maryann added.
What they call a bed is a paper-thin net spread on the floor.
The room also serves as the family’s kitchen and the little utensils they have also do not seem to be enough for the four.
With a broken heart, the teacher shared the story on Facebook and asked Kenyans to contribute towards the kids’ education and also help better their standards of living.
Anyone willing to support the family can reach the teacher on 0725348874.
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