Marylyne Aluoch OnyangoMy sponsorship journey with BKM
My name is Marylyne Aluoch Onyango. I am 25 years old and a graduate of Maseno University class of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science. I can proudly say that I am who I am today because of Benson Bonyo’s Kenya Mission (BKM).
I lost my dad and mum when I was still young and was left in the hands of my mum’s sister; Seraphine Odongo, who took me and the rest of my siblings as hers and did her best to educate all of us. On reaching form 3 (grade 12), economic times became harder and paying for my boarding school fee was becoming harder and harder. I stayed home for the better part of the first semester of form 3 and a part of me was afraid that I may have to drop out of school. I coould not continue at Ahero Girls High School until my term 1 fees were cleared.
It is around this time that Bonyo’s Kenya Mission came to my rescue. The administrator, Mr. Phillip K’ Osambo found me and enrolled me into the program. It is from then that I never lacked school fees and rejoined school in term 2. BKM provided for my fees and visited me in school from time to time. It made me feel loved and really cared for.
On completion of high school, I was happy to be called to Maseno University, a public university in Kisumu East Constituency, to pursue Actuarial Science. My entire college fee was cleared by BKM. I am forever grateful to BKM and Dr. Bonyo for the support. I dedicated my school breaks and volunteered at the clinic during medical camps in July and December to help with translation. I also worked with George Otieno and other staff in managing the sponsorship program, running the hospital and other activities such as orphan day celebrations, etc.
Today, I am happy that I am working at the hospital in Masara village; Kisumu, Kenya full time. As I witness most of the kids who were stuck like me get a chance to attend school to completion.
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Marylyne Aluoch Onyango
Assistant with BKM: translator, child sponsorship coordinator