Girl rescued from committing suicide over Form one entry

Favour Karanja who scored 395 marks at Birunda primary school in Trans Nzoia West Sub County who almost committed suicide after failure to join form one. Photo/Aspect News

A young girl who contemplated committing suicide after failing to join form one for lack of school fees will finally pursue her dream of becoming a neurosurgeon after a well-wisher came to her rescue.

Favour Karanja who scored 395 marks at Birunda primary school in Trans Nzoia West Sub County had developed thoughts of death after hopes of accessing a scholarship to join form one at StJoseph’s Girls High School Chepterit hit a snag.

Her mother Beatrice Mukavana whose business premises was torched at Eldoret during the 2007 post-election violence could not raise the school fees for her daughter to join form one through her business.

“I tried to secure a bursary for her through several applications including that of the wings to fly by Equity foundation but I failed. She became devastated as days went by to an extent that she wanted to take her life,” said Ms Mukavana.

She said it took a lot of counseling to convince her daughter against committing suicide in the wake of a directive requiring education field officers countrywide to coordinate with chiefs to ensure all Form One students report to their respective schools.

The saddening story of the girl luckily got the attention of the Joseph Pepela foundation that has offered to sponsor her until she completes her secondary school education having secured her an admission at St. Mary’s Girls High School Bomet.

“We were so touched when we learnt of her plight. We are going to take care of her admission and meet her fees until she completes her secondary school education,” said Mr. Castro Masinde, a representative of the foundation.