Mumias Sugar sponsors Enoch Lanya who had opted to sell his kidney to raise funds for secondary education
Written by Jescah Anyanje
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This was the determination of a young boy who was ready to defy all odds and change the shape of his life, a boy determined to get what would change and make him a better person- education.
He was ready to pay the price, even to sacrifice his kidney if that is what it takes.
We walked through the narrow roads leading us to Namulungu village of Matungu district and that is where we met Enock Mulama Lanya seated outside the shackles of their home, looking frustrated and holding his admission letter to Nairobi school.
Enock Mulama Lanya is a 14-year old boy and a second born in a family of ten. His first-born sister sat for her KCPE in 2009 scored 359 marks and was admitted at Keveye girls but her father failed to raise fees for her admission.
She joined Koyonzo secondary school through donations from well-wishers.
Lanya sat for his KCPE exams in 2011 at Kadima primary school and secured 398 out of the possible 500 marks.
His joy was short lived when he realized that his father Protus Mulama who has a mental disorder could not be able to send him to Nairobi school not even after he sells their one-acre piece of land from where they feed.
Mulama whose ambition is to become a doctor or lawyer, discloses that, the only alternative for him to raise fees for his education was to sell one of his kidneys.
His story was highlighted all in the media and this is how a good Samaritan who wanted to remain anonymous sprang up not to buy his kidney but to pay his school fees from Form one to Form four in the same school.
Mulama's joy of securing a place at Nairobi school was short lived as the Good Samaritan escaped into the thin air without further communication to the desperate family.
The boy's life remained hanging lose as he refocused to his initial plan of selling his kidney. But he no longer has to sacrifice his kidney to get education but all he needs to do is to study.
Dr Evans Kidero, the Mumias Sugar Company managing director came to his rescue and admitted the desperate Lanya to Booker Academy with a full scholarship for his secondary education.