#30 – Meet Kakanyero Stephine

From Lynne:

Kakanyero Stephine with house in bgThis is Kakanyero Stephine, an almost-six-year-old who has wanted for most of his young life to go to school.  His home is in the background.  Daily he would report to the nursery school only to be turned away because he has no school fees.  for the rest of the day he would hang around the edges of the clinic where JoAnn works, silently watching the activity, and the next day he would try again.Kakanyero Stephine closeup

When Sister Hellen, joking with us, asked the boy in Acholi which of us he wanted to pay for his school fees so he could go to nursery school, he pointed to me.  The cost is 240,000 shillings (or $120.00 US), the cost of a splurge for dinner or a pair of nice shoes.

So today, March 11, Kakanyero started school.  He was required to bring a small straw broom and a large roll of toilet paper for his first day, which he did.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Joeann Beresford on March 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Lynne, I enjoyed the story of Kakanyero, and I am grateful for your generosity in making it possible for him to go to school. Also enjoyed the Beacon article about Antona Ebo . . . too bad Roberta was cut out of the picture . . . but so be it. Were you able to speak with Obama? Also, loved Jo’s article and her obvious gratitude in having you and Jim present . . . Love as always, Cec

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  2. Posted by Maryellen Tierney on March 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Lynne, your generosity is overwhelming. You must feel so good about helping Kakanyero go to school. I am sure there are many Kakanyero’s in Gulu.

    I hope you returned well from Gulu.

    Maryellen

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  3. Posted by Therese on March 15, 2010 at 10:16 am

    How great! Kakanyero had enough determination for many to respond. How great Lynn! Now you have a little fellow studying in Africa in your name.

    Thanks!
    Therese

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