Mombasa County Governor Ali Hassan Joho on Tuesday paid school fees for the boy who reported to school with an empty metal box.
The boy, Levis Otieno Rabar, on Monday January 13, warmed the hearts of Kenyans after reporting to Kanga high school with only a metal box and two bars of soap.
The story upon going viral caught the attention of well-wishers, among them Governor Joho and Radio presenter Felix Odiwor, famously known as Jalang’o, who came out to support the teenager.
Taking to social media on Tuesday, a delighted twitter user, identified as Kenyan Boy, revealed that Joho donated up to Sh500,000 that will clear the boy’s four-years school fees.
“For the poor boy who showed up in Kanga High with nothing but two bar soaps in his box, Mombasa Governor @HassanAliJoho has donated upto Sh500,000 that will clear his whole 4years fees & extra to cater for other needs + mother’s.” Reads the tweet.
For the poor boy who showed up in Kanga High with nothing but two bar soaps in his box, Mombasa Governor @HassanAliJoho has donated upto Sh500,000 that will clear his whole 4years fees & extra to cater for other needs + mother’s.
Other volunteers too are onboard. Cheers! pic.twitter.com/6OzGhx2lzV
— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) January 14, 2020
On his side, Jalang’o promised to shop for the needy boy and pay his fees for his entire secondary school education with the help of a travelling agency, TripGoTours.
“Please, someone confirm to me this story…Just seen it online. Trying to reach Kanga High School to verify the same. Through @trippygotours we will do a complete Form One shopping and pay his school fees from Form One to Form Four. If anyone has the principal’s number, please, share it.” He wrote on Instagram.
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Please someone confirm to me this story….Just seen it online. Trying to reach Kanga High school to verify the same. Through @trippygotours we will do a complete form 1 shopping and pay his school from form 1 to Form 4. If anyone has the Principal Number to please share in the DM.
Otieno, who sat his KCPE last year, 2019 at Pala Kojwang Primary School, scored 390 marks and got admitted at Kanga high school.
SHOCK as a form one boy determined to learn reported to school with an empty box.
The boy who has joined Kanga High school in Rongo constituency Migori County only had two bar soaps in his box. @BreakNewsKE @bennetowuonda @dailynation @ntvkenya pic.twitter.com/l2haWrtwks
— Felix Njika🇰🇪 (@FNjika) January 13, 2020
According to NTV, his mother’s efforts to secure a Constituency Development Fund (CDF) bursary were futile.
His poor parents were left with no option but to take him to school with literary nothing as they could not afford to pay his fees and buy him other required learning materials.
His courage to report to the learning facility with only two bars of soap took the internet by storm as Kenyans lauded him for being strong despite his circumstances.