Our 8th grade graduates from Achungo all have passed their KCPE exam and entered secondary schools (high schools). (Listed here with the year they will complete high school). This national exam qualifies them for high school. The national passing rate is less than 50% but 100% of our students taking it have passed. Thus we are now considered one of the top schools in the county and administrators and government leaders visit to understand our success. Our purpose now is to find sponsors to mentor them and help with scholarships so they can continue higher education as a major stepping stone toward successful lives. This is key to breaking the age-old cycle of poverty in this extremely poor region of the world.

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Agnes Atieno

High School Class of 2023

Agnes’ grandmother brought her to Achungo in 2019 for her 8th grade because she wanted something better for Agnes – a place for Agnes to go to school where she would feel loved.  She had been attending God-Kado Primary but she had no desk, had to sit on the floor and was not given any … Continued

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Agnes Lillian Momanyi

High School Class of 2023

Agnes Lillian lives with her cousin about 20 minutes’ walk from school and was brought to Achungo in 2014, entering 3rd grade.  She has a brother in high school and a younger brother (3) and sister (7).  Her parents died in a traffic accident on their way to Nairobi when she was little.  She says … Continued

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Ariel Word

High School Class of 2023

Ariel’s parents enrolled her in 7th grade at Achungo in 2018.  She had been going to Sango Academy in Homa Bay but her parents could no longer afford to pay the school fees.  She immediately felt welcomed here.  “At Achungo the teachers are more loving and caring and they really teach you.”  She likes all … Continued

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Aziza Ojuok Hassan

High School Class of 2023

Aziza never knew her father, and her mother, Jackline Hassan, died from illness when Aziza was a few years’ old.   She lives with her step-mother, Trizer Hassan, and her brother (Shaban, 15) and sister (Zorah, 19) in Ndhiwa, about 15 miles away.   Her step-mother brought her to Achungo in 2014, into 3rd grade. Before that … Continued

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Beyonce  Akinyi

High School Class of 2023

Beyonce was brought to Achungo in 2013 by her grandfather (age 75), entering 3rd grade.  The two of them live in Busia (a few miles away).  She also has an older sister and brother who work in health science.  She told us that her parents abandoned her and that “they were very poor and could … Continued

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Billy Ian Opiyo

High School Class of 2023

Billy lives with his mother and uncle in Rangwe (about 8 miles from Achungo) along with his 3 brothers: Jimmy, Lucky, and Teddy.  His older sister, Lonie, is in high school.  Billy’s uncle, Mr. Benson, is a teacher at Achungo and brought him to Achungo in 2017 into 6th grade.  Before that he was at … Continued

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Bornface Nelly Otieno

High School Class of 2023

Bornface lived with his father and brother until 4th grade.  His Father remarried and moved to Nairobi, leaving Bornface to live with his grandmother and his two siblings in Kanyada, about 4 miles away.  There he was in school at Majiwa Primary.  “We had to sit on the ground and had to go home for … Continued

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Brian Polycarp (Paul) Owiyo

High School Class of 2023

Brian came to Achungo in 2018 (7th grade) after the Director told his mother about the school.  His father had died from kidney disease in 2012. Brian lives alone with his mother.  His brother and four sisters are in school elsewhere.  He told us that his mother is a very hardworking woman who works hard … Continued

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Buong Rollince Ochieng    

High School Class of 2023

Initially, Buong Rollince attended primary near Imbo (4 miles away) until second grade, in 2012.  That was when his parents moved to Nairobi and he stayed behind with his grandmother.  He lives with her in Rangwe (about 4 miles away).  His siblings, Brighton (3), Mary (5), and Violet (12) live in Nairobi with his father … Continued

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Collins Omondi Oloo

High School Class of 2023

Collins’ grandfather brought him to Achungo in 2016, enrolling him in 6th grade.  He told me that Achungo is well known and “has trained teachers and good student performance.”  Before that Collins had attended Kotonje Primary near Imbo (about 3 miles away).  “The teachers did not teach well and students would often leave school without permission. … Continued

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Everlyne Awino Odingo

High School Class of 2023

Everlyne’s brother heard about Achungo and in 2018, enrolled her in 7th grade.  She was living in Kisumu (2 hours away) with her Aunt and two older brothers, who are both now in college.  She told us, “I don’t know where my parents are, but am still moving on with my life.” She had been … Continued

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Glory Laurent

High School Class of 2023

Originally from Tanzania, Glory Came to Achungo in 2018 entering 7th grade.  Her mother had found out about it on the internet as they searched for a better school.  She had been attending Doris Primary, a public school in Tanzania.  It was a large school with two classes in each grade — “We were not … Continued

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Helen Awuor Oluch

High School Class of 2023

Helen was brought to Achungo by her guardian, Aunt Metris, in 2016, joining our 5th grade.   She lives with her Aunt and two younger sisters, Rose (8), Juliet (10), in Ndhiwa (about 11 miles away).   Her older sister, Jael, is in high school.  She told us that she never knew her father or mother and … Continued

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Jevia Akinyi Okoth

High School Class of 2023

Jevia lives with her father (51), mother (39), and siblings (ages 3 months to 21 years): Elvira, Britney, Maxwell, Marion, and Mike.  She originally enrolled in the preschool at Achungo in 2010 but after 3rd grade her family moved to Siaya County  (5 hours away by bus) to look for work and she attended Utoma … Continued

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Lucy Awiti Odhiambo

High School Class of 2023

Lucy was brought to Achungo in 2015 and enrolled in 5th grade by her grandmother who had learned about it from one of the teachers.  Lucy’s father died from cancer when she was two years old and her mother died some time later in a car accident along with Lucy’s siblings.  Lucy lives with her … Continued

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Mercy Akinyi Okoth

High School Class of 2023

Mercy’s aunt and sister brought her to Achungo in 2011 and she joined the Kindergarten class.  “I live with them in Ojunge (30-40 minutes by motorcycle) and also have two adult brothers, Mike and Calvince.  I have lived on-campus since 6th grade.  My parents died when I was a baby; my father murdered.  I don’t … Continued

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Mevish Achieng

High School Class of 2023

Mevish lives in Kochia (8 miles away) with her 28-year-old sister, Jackline, as well as her aunt  and her brother, Jacob (13) and sister, Melvin (10).  Jackline is working and supports the family.   Mevish’s father died when she was young.  Jackline brought her to Achungo in 2014 to join 4th Grade, referred by the regional … Continued

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Natasha Achieng Owiti

High School Class of 2023

Natasha joined Achungo in 2006 for her 2nd grade.  Before that she had attended Rodi Primary.  Her brother Nick was already at Achungo and her mother brought Natasha to Achungo to get better teaching.  She told us it was the best day of her life.    At Rodi Primary she says there were too few teachers … Continued

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Nicolar Akinyi Odhiambo

High School Class of 2023

Nicolar lives nearby with her mother, aunt, sister Loreen, and her older brother Warren.   Loreen is 22 and recently finished University with a degree in Agriculture.   In 2008 her sister had heard about Achungo and enrolled Nicolar in the preschool (she was 4).  The family had heard it was a good school with solid academics … Continued

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Pauline Awuor Okello

High School Class of 2023

Pauline’s grandmother brought her to Achungo in 2015 into 4th grade.  “I had been going to Rodi Primary school but there the learning was not good and teachers often didn’t come to class.  We were not being cared for like at Achungo.  Here there is good learning, the teachers teach good, and there is a … Continued

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Roline Saline Apiyo Odhiambo

High School Class of 2023

Roline’s parents passed away when she was very young.  “My father died in a road accident and my mother was robbed on her way from the market.  That’s how I became an orphan.”   She lives in Ndhiwa (about 10 miles away) with her paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Nyambura) and her 11-year-old brother, Kenneth Otieno. … Continued

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Steve Juma

High School Class of 2023

Steve’s parents brought him to Achungo in 2008 into the preschool class.  His home is nearby, about 30 minutes’ walk, where he lives with his parents, little sister and his older and younger brothers.  His father tends to their subsistence farm plot while his mother takes care of the home and children. He says they … Continued

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Tony Blair Okothe

High School Class of 2023

Tony lives in Ndhiwa (12 miles away) with his parents.  “They grow sugar cane to sell.”  His older brother, Wilfred Ochieng, is in University and his younger brother, Henry, is in 3rd grade.  Tony enrolled at Achungo in 2014 into 3rd grade.   Before that he attended Rarage, a public primary.  He told us, “The teaching there … Continued

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Trizer Atieno

High School Class of 2023

Trizer lives with her mother, Everlyne Akinyi, in Kisumu (two hours’ drive) and her two brothers, Paul Omondi (20) and Humphrey (8).  Her father died several years ago.  Because they could not pay school fees, Paul had to drop out of school.   Trizer was attending Nyamasaria Primary school in Kisumu but also couldn’t continue because … Continued

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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 … Continued

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Yvonne Nerry Anyango

High School Class of 2023

Yvonne was brought to Achungo in 2016 by her aunt and enrolled in our 5th grade.  They live in Oyugis (about 7 miles away).  She told us that her mother lives in another town, and her father died a long time ago. Her sister, Idah Mercy, is in 6th grade and lives with her mother. … Continued

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Bivallyne Adhiambo Ochieng

High School Class of 2022

Bivallyne has been at Achungo for 6 years, brought by her Auntie who heard about it from Director Michael.   Her parents are alive, mother is at home and her father works on farms and sometimes sells sugar cane at the market.  She has 2 sisters and 4 brothers, some of whom are at the other … Continued

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Carol Akinyi Hassan

High School Class of 2022

Carol’s parents died when she was in 1st grade and she lives with her grandmother, brother and two sisters and cousins.  Her grandmother loves her and cares for her and her siblings and does everything she can to help them “fulfill their dreams.”  She brought Carol to Achungo in 2014 to join our 4th grade. … Continued

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Caroly Ochieng

High School Class of 2022

Caroly has been at Achungo for two years.  Home is about 2 km away where he lives with his parents and three older brothers and older sister. Both of his parents are out of work. He likes that he gets room and board at Achungo and that pupils are given clothes, shoes “and many other … Continued

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Chrisphine Odhiambo

High School Class of 2022

Chrisphine lost his parents to a road accident and came to Achungo 8 years ago at age 5.  Michael had found him living on the street with his brother where they had been surviving off of thrown out food (very difficult in this poor, rural area).  His brother came with him to Achungo but is … Continued

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Dick Tillen

High School Class of 2022

Dick came to Achungo in 2016, joining the 6th grade after a friend told his brother about it.  Dick lives with his older brother who is 3 years older and his grandma and grandpa about 20 km from Achungo.   At his old school he had to get up at 5 am to walk 2 km … Continued

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Elmin Kisuge

High School Class of 2022

Elmin’s mother died from an illness when he was young (“she went to the hospital but never came home”). He still has fond memories of her caring for him, playing with him, and reading with him, though he doesn’t remember his father. He lives with his cousin (George Ouko) near Director Michael’s home.  His three … Continued

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Eunice Anyango

High School Class of 2022

Eunice was brought to Achungo by her grandmother in January 2018 to join the 8th grade. She says that day was the best day of her life.  She had been living with her grandmother about 20 km away from Achungo.  Her mother died in 2008, shot defending the family.  Eunice never knew her father.  She … Continued

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Evance Omondi

High School Class of 2022

Evance came to Achungo in preschool and has been with us for 10 years.  His mother enrolled him at Achungo along with his two younger brothers (Brian and Steve).  His mother had heard about it from Madam Nancy (one of our first teachers) whom she knew through their church. His mother and father are living … Continued

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Hestone Otieno

High School Class of 2022

Hestone came to Achungo 5 years ago at age 9 to join our 3rd grade after her mother, Lillian Achieng, found out about the school.   Her father, Felix Onyango, is an engineer who works in Kisii and comes home on weekends.   Hestone’s family includes her sister Gigi (3), and brother Milton Omondi (10), both of … Continued

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Hygiene Atieno

High School Class of 2022

Hygiene was brought to Achungo 3 years ago by her grandmother and joined our 6th grade.  They had heard about the success at the school.   She lives with her parents, Dixon Otieno and Faith Aweno, her siblings, and her grandmother, but none of them have work.  She also has 12 nephews (ages 12 to 22) … Continued

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Mercy Atieno

High School Class of 2022

Mercy’s mother died giving birth to her younger sister and her father died of meningitis, so she and her younger sister, Joy, lived with her grandmother in the Homa Bay area.  She had gone to a private school, Heartspring, until her parents died and her grandmother could no longer afford it.  She then attended Oneno public … Continued

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Mike Onguka Owili

High School Class of 2022

Mike came to Achungo 5 years ago with his grandmother and joined our 3th grade.  He lived in Oyugis (33 km away) with his grandmother and sister, Lavera Maggy, who is in 1st grade at Achungo.    His parents died in 2007 during a time of serious election violence and he doesn’t remember them at all. … Continued

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Rehema Awuor

High School Class of 2022

Rehema (12) was brought to Achungo 6 years ago by her grandmother.   She had been living in Homa Bay (about 8 miles away) with her grandmother and her older brother.  Her mother and father had died in a car accident when she was quite young. After that the family was split up as another brother … Continued

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Saidi Shaaban Hassan

High School Class of 2022

Shaaban came to Achungo 5 years ago joining 3rd grade.  Thought originally from Kisumu, he comes from Ongeng (about 5 km from here) where he lives with his father, younger brother and three younger sisters.   His father brought him to Achungo after hearing about it from a teacher.  His sisters are at Achungo and his … Continued

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Samuel Otieno Nyambok

High School Class of 2022

Samuel’s aunt brought him to Achungo eight years ago, enrolling him in preschool.  He lives about 3 km away with his mother, who is not working, and his younger brother, Koffi Annan.  His father died of AIDS when he was 6 years old.     When he is home, he fetches water for his mother from a … Continued

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Samwel Briton

High School Class of 2022

Samwel came to Achungo last year (2017) to learn and “get some religion.”  His parents died from illness when he was 9 and he has since lived with his uncle, his older brother, and two younger sisters about 4km from Achungo.  His uncle also has 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls with the oldest … Continued

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Sharon Achelo Akinyi

High School Class of 2022

Both of Sharon’s parents passed away from illnesses when she was young.  She was brought to Achungo 4 years ago at age 11, entering our 5th grade.  She hopes for a better life as she gets a good education.  She told us “I like how the teachers teach.”  She enjoys soccer (football) and wants to … Continued

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Tim Patrobah

High School Class of 2022

Tim was brought to Achungo by his sister, Diana, a teacher at Achungo in 2016.  He lives about 11 km away with 1 brother and 3 sisters and his parents (“who always allow me to do my homework”). Tim’s a joker and says that he always makes people laugh, even when he is in front … Continued

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Valentine Odiwuor

High School Class of 2022

Valentine has been at Achungo for 7 years, starting in 2nd grade and comes from a home 4 km away that he shares with his father and mother, three older brothers and two younger sisters.    They grow and sell fruits and vegetables (mother tends the garden and father sells the produce at market).  When he’s … Continued

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Vidah Awuor

High School Class of 2022

Vidah came to Achungo 9 years ago and joined our preschool class.  Her parents had died of illnesses, first, her father when she was very young, and then, her mother when she was in 4th grade.  She has two brothers and two sisters and two cousins.   They all live nearby with her aunt and uncle.  When … Continued

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Vincent Otieno

High School Class of 2022

Vincent’s uncle brought him to Achungo 6 years ago to join our 3rd grade.   His father died when he was a young boy.   He was living in Migori  (about 60 km away) with his mother, two younger sisters, and younger brother Tobias but now lives nearer Achungo with his uncle in Homa Bay. Vincent went … Continued

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Vivian Amondi

High School Class of 2022

Vivian came to Achungo 8 years ago.  She had not been at a school prior.   Her older sister (age 27) told her about Achungo.  She was 5 when both parents died in a car accident.  She likes living at school and likes the dorm.  She especially likes the teachers – “they are caring, how they … Continued

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Winnie Akoth

High School Class of 2022

Winnie has been at Achungo for 3 years and lives with her older sister about 15 miles away in Migori county.  She has no memory of her mother and she rarely sees her father.   Her brother is in 4th grade at Achungo and her younger sister is at Rarage, a public primary school in Ndhiwa. … Continued

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Becky Cynthia Adhiambo

High School Class of 2018

Unlike many in her class, Becky enjoys studying Swahili (her third language, after her native Luo and English) and wants to turn her interest in language into a TV journalism career. She’d like to study at University of Kenyatta or University of Nairobi after secondary school.   If she doesn’t get into journalism, Becky wants to … Continued