Joy is a bright girl from Tharaka Nithi County in Eastern Kenya. She lives with her single mother and one sister. Her mother is peasant farmer and she grows drought resistant crops such as sorghum, millet, green grams and cowpeas on their small piece of land. Many are the seasons that these crops do not reach maturity due to unreliable rainfall thus low yield. To supplement the low farm proceeds, the mother does casual jobs like laundry and other household chores. These opportunities are not readily available in the area and earn them less than 324 US Dollars annually. This amount is very little compared to the family needs. As a result, the mother sought assistance from our office.

Joy Karumia was enrolled into the scholarship project initiated by Professor Gunther Schmidt in 2009 after scoring 308 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. The scholarship project is meant to assist bright orphaned and vulnerable children by paying for them secondary school fees for the whole year. Through this initiative, Joy was enrolled in form one at Kajiuduthi High School and was able to complete her secondary education successfully in 2013 and she scored Grade B in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination .In the year 2014 she was admitted in Chuka University where she is pursuing a degree course in Community Development.

I am very grateful to Gunther and Barabara for giving me the opportunity to realize my goal in life. I will reciprocate by serving my community better once i complete my studies “Says Joy.