Van’s Story

Van Ochieng is 15 and lives with his parents in Mubachi village, where he attended Magongo Ribe Primary school.
His father (Nicholas Okeyo) is a small-scale farmer with a big family, 5 children of his own and 4 other children. Van is the oldest with three sisters and a brother.

“Life has never been easy managing such a big family with the small income I earn” Van’s father said.

Throughout his school years, Van tried his best to get good marks all while balancing school work and challenges at home. Van was motivated by his teachers who assured him that his hard work will pay off regardless of his difficult background.

Pay off it did! Van had an excellent score of 362 on his final exams for his 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. When he applied for a P4P scholarship and got it, he couldn’t believe it, because he knew there were many other deserving students who applied for the same scholarship.

“I am extremely grateful to receive a P4P scholarship.” Van says. Today Van is attending his dream school Kanyawanga Boys High School knowing that his hard work and education will pay off with a better future. Van’s father is also very grateful, saying “Previous years have been really tough for my family. We are all so appreciative of a P4P scholarship for taking a huge burden off of our shoulders in this difficult moment.”