Vivian Achieng

High School Class of 2023

Vivian’s guardians brought her to Achungo in 2015 enrolling her in our 4th grade.   She lived in Kisumu (2 hours’ drive) with her aunt.  She has two older brothers and two sisters.  The oldest brother and sister are working, one as a teacher and the other in the police department.  Her parents separated when she was very young and left her with her aunt.  “They do not even call my relatives to know where I am.  I don’t know where they are, but I can still survive without them.”

Prior to Achungo, she attended M.M. Shah Primary School in Kisumu and had to take 3 buses to get to school.  “The best day of my life was the day I came to Achungo.  At Achungo feel loved by the dorm Matron. Here we are treated better and I have more friends.”   Vivian’s favorite subjects are Math and Social Studies (“it is easy to understand”) and she gets all the support she needs for her studies. She told us she especially appreciates that she has help in Science.

She likes talking about life with her friends and reviewing classwork with them “so that we can learn and know more about different subjects.”  She enjoys reading, playing soccer, and says that dancing makes her feel happy.  When she is able to go home on holidays she helps her aunt with the house chores, and “I study and interact with my neighbors.“

Vivian hopes to become a banker and own or manage her own bank. “I would like to help Kenyans keep their money and also ensure that there is no corruption in the banks.”

“I would like to tell my friends in America that we love them, and we are praying for them.  We shall meet if God wishes.  I would urge them to keep working hard so as to achieve their goals and meet their needs in life.”