Kilifi, KENYA: A young man who wanted to sell his kidney to cater for his university education has received sponsorship from by the Kilifi North Constituency Development Fund to further his studies.
Speaking to Baraka FM on Tuesday, Daniel Sifa a Fumbini village resident in Kilifi County said lack of school fees was the main reason he had decided to look for a buyer for his kidney.
Daniel said that he had given up on his dream of becoming a doctor considering the fact that he came from a poor family.
“I decided to sell my kidney in order to cater for my university education. I was feeling so bad staying home for almost four months. That one really pained me. My dream of becoming a doctor had been scrapped off my mind as I come from a very humble family.” Daniel explained.
He pointed out that his dream would be fulfilled after he had received the kitty from the CDF board, adding that he had applied several times but in vain.
He urged his fellow students who hail from poor backgrounds not to give up, but redress their financial concerns to sponsor organizations and other private owned enterprises that sponsor needy students and hard working students.
On the other hand, the Kilifi North legislator Gideon Mung’aro urged university students in the area to work hard adding that they have the potential of moving to greater academic heights.
He said many students in the area have not fully realized their academic potential in the society and urged them to approach their local leaders in case of any school fees shortage.
“I urge all students to pump up their efforts and realize their potential. You can move to greater heights. I am afraid some students in Kilifi County have not realized the importance of education and their space in the society.” He advised.
The law maker however urged parents to play their responsibilities appropriately, so that their children can get the necessary and basic education adding that it is a fundamental right as stipulated by the Kenyan law.
In August 2016, the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) raised its credit allocation per student by up to Sh10,000 amid rising costs in university life funding needy students to the tune of between Sh35,000 and Sh60,000 per year, based on their economic background.
According to that financial year the Treasury raised its annual allocation to HELB by a tune of KSh1.6 billion to Sh9.1 billion compared to. Kshs 7.5 billion the previous year , creating room for increased student financing.
While most universities require full payment of a semester’s fees to admit students, majority of loan applicants come from poor households and require financial support from the board to pay for their tuition and upkeep while a delay in disbursement, forces some fresh students to postpone their studies.