- For lack of KSh 135 only, Salim Khamisi from Mombasa county was forced to do his homework under a street light
- This was due to the fact that his family was unable to afford the daily remittances for a prepaid solar system
- Well-wishers are now seeking support to buy the family a solar panel and battery that do not need daily instalments for Salim to study without interruptions
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A few days ago, a young boy was photographed in Mombasa county doing his homework at night under a security light because the family has no source of power.
According to Emmanuel Mbaji Mruu who shared the photos online, Salim Khamisi is a Grade Six pupil from Jola Urabi Primary in Shanzu Mtwapa.
Family uses prepaid solar lamp
He, however, wasn't able to enjoy the benefits of electricity because his parents were struggling financially and unable to buy tokens.
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"I saw a zeal, I saw a great person in him. Can we help this brain?" pleaded Mruu.
He added that Salim lives with his mother who is jobless and an uncle who is a peasant mason.
The house is rented and the family pays KSh 135 daily to use a prepaid solar lamp for the lights to remain on.
Plan to buy family solar panel and battery
It was a revelation that pointed to the fact that having electricity is something many take for granted and it's only when such cases arise that the message hits home.
The boy's resilience and zeal for education in the wake of poverty touched many as they sent word out requesting help.
A number of well-wishers have since started a drive that hopes to bring on board kind-hearted Kenyans who will support the boy out of his plight.
The idea is to buy the family a solar panel and a battery so that the young boy is able to study and do his homework at night without worrying about the tokens.
Let there be light
Salim's story brings back memories of a recent viral video where an old man was filmed harassing a solar agent who had come to repossess the equipment over non-payment.
Even as the man from Funyula furiously grabbed the agent's collar, the latter relentlessly scorned him for not only going offline after defaulting but also harassing him.
The two were, however, brought to the negotiating table and peace brokered between them by comedian Jalang'o, who also cleared the old man's arrears.