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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Adrian Griffins Ogira

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Adrian (14) told us, “When my parents died, they left behind three children: my sister Gloria, my brother Basil and I.”  His Aunt Faith took them in and tries her best to take care of them but their life is difficult as she has no job nor any garden plot. They live in one of … Continued

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Ashler Awino

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Ashler’s parents died about 12 years ago in a traffic accident. She told us, “My parents suffered a lot and struggled just to have food for the family.  They meant everything to me and when they died, I realized that I was going to be an orphan and I felt very lonely. Ashler, her little sister, … Continued

Ashley Col Otieno

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Ashley (14) told us her story: “I came to Achungo 10 years ago, having heard about it one evening when I was walking down the road to the village center to beg for food. I met Michael Nyangi Ojala, Achungo Director, who brought me to the school and enrolled me. I was 4 years old … Continued

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Beryl Joy Namwiru

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Beryl’s parents died when she was about 3, c. 2011. They were extremely poor but had some income from her mother selling raw sugar and her father as a motorcycle taxi driver (“boda boda”). After their death, a friend of her mother took her in. Beryl told us, “My guardian works as a maid.  We only … Continued

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Brightone Reeves Odhiambo

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

I thank the Almighty God for having me at Achungo.  I came 8 years ago [when he was 7]. From the first I felt much happier because life at home had been very difficult. I had been living with my uncle and he would come home drunk and start all his dramas.  My brother, John, and sister, … Continued

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Britney Joy Okoth

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Britney (15) first came to Achungo 11 years ago into the preschool. When she was very young her father had died in a road accident and her mother soon after. Hearing of her situation, Director Nyangi brought her to Achungo. But after a few years, because she was taken in by a serious of families, … Continued

Cedrick Omondi

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Cedrick’s parents died in a road accident when he was two and thereafter he has lived with his aunt. He told us, “The pain when I think of my parents is very hurtful. My aunt has a small garden with maize and beans for food for the family but the soil is poor and it … Continued

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Collince Ochieng

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Collince’s parents died in a road accident when he was quite small and his uncle, John Otula, took in Collince and his brother (Denis) and Sister (Sarah). They are quite poor and sometimes go without food. One day Collince was walking on the road, looking for some help or for a job to help the … Continued

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Eddy Bordon Ochieng

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

“Before Achungo I lived in a small slum.  Life there was not a walk in the park because it was very difficult to earn a living. My father burned found wood to make charcoal to sell for food for our family and provide for our education. My mother tended our maize but the harvest was … Continued

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Emaqulate Odhiambo Aoko

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Emaqulate’s parents died several years ago in a road accident. While they were alive, they would try to find work in order to pay for food and clothes, but a day’s wages were 100 Shillings (about 90 cents, U.S.). She says her 4 brothers ran away after her parents’ death, leaving Emaqulate alone. She was … Continued

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Everlyne Akinyi Odhiambo

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Everlyn (14) writes, “I came to Achungo 8 years ago and immediately felt very happy because it was my first time attending such a good school.  I was particularly attracted to the way they respect their teachers. Before Achungo I was at Ndiru Primary school.  I would often go behind the bathrooms to cry because I had … Continued

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Ian Duncan Okiro

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Ian’s story:  “My father died in a road accident while riding a motorcycle taxi and my mother died while giving birth to me. I don’t have any brothers or sisters and was taken in by a friend’s father, Mr. Otieno. He was 35 and had a garden where he would grow vegetables to sell. I … Continued

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James Omondi

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

James’ story (he’s 15): “My parents and my brother died in a car accident when I was very little and my aunt, Patricia, took me in. She works as a watchman in Kochia. After my parents died, other people stole our subsistence garden that was our source of food. When I was about 5, a … Continued

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Jealan Achieng Onyango

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

After Jealan’s parents died, she lived near Ongine with her grandmother before she also passed.  Jealan (14) told us, “She had a small garden but most of her plants died due to poor soil.  She would sometimes work as a housekeeper to earn some money. Life was not easy and we could go without food … Continued

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Kerry Oyugi Ajuoga

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Kerry (16) lives with Lindah, his 26-year-old guardian, and his 2 sisters. He was often out of school, getting up at 6 a.m. with Lindah to find farm work so they had money for food and school fees. They also have a small garden. Lindah found church pastors to sponsor school fees for Kerry’s sisters … Continued

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Manuel Owuor Ochola

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Manuel (14) was brought to Achungo 5 years ago by his grandmother (90) who survives by growing kale to sell. His parents were killed in a road accident. Manuel told us, “Things have been hard since they died, but I started liking Achungo from when I first entered the school gate. It is the best … Continued

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Ogollah Maxwell

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Ogollah Maxwell (16) has no siblings and never knew his parents. They abandoned him after they divorced. Director Michael found out about him and brought him to Achungo into the preschool. For a while he lived with some relatives but when they learned he was getting help from Achungo, they kicked him out (he later … Continued

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Owuor Humphrey Kute

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Humphrey (14) was brought to Achungo by his aunt and uncle 10 years ago because they could not afford to pay the fees for public school. They are elderly and have no income but survive from the small garden given them temporarily by family. Humphrey’s father abandoned the family and then his mother left his … Continued

Rooney Remy

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

My dad learned about Achungo when I was 8 years old [7 years ago] but before I was enrolled, he died in a road accident and my mother died soon after. Now I live in a village called Kanyada with my uncle who has a small piece of land that cannot contain crops [is too … Continued

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Roveline Achieng

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Roveline (13) doesn’t remember her parents as she was about a year old when they died. She lived near Director Michael with her grandmother and learning that there was no money for her schooling, he brought her to Achungo at 3 years old. Her grandmother died soon after from cancer and Achungo Director Michael took … Continued

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Stacy Akinyi Omondi

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Since the death of her parents when she was a year old, Stacy (15) has lived with her uncle (80). He washes cars for a living [that is, he sets up roadside near a creek or other water source and offers to handwash vehicles]. He has no subsistence garden because he sold it to pay … Continued

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Tillen Otieno Ouma

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Tillen’s grandmother heard about Achungo from their Pastor and enrolled him 12 years ago into the preschool class. She is 68 and survives by working her garden but her brother is trying to take it from her. Tillen (14) told us, “My father died when I was small. I never knew my mother but my … Continued

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Xavier Odhiambo Otieno

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Xavier’s parents died several years ago and with his 3 siblings (brother, Elphas, and sisters, Joy and Rachel), Xavier was taken in by their current guardian (likely a relative or family friend). Their guardian had no work and so they didn’t have money for proper clothing. When Xavier would go to the public school, the … Continued

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Ashley Noela

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Ashley (14) was brought by her aunt to Achungo (Rodi) for 6th grade in 2018. She never knew her parents and lives in Rodi with her with aunt, brother (15), sister (12). They have a subsistence garden plot. She had attended Rodi Primary but appreciates that there are no fees at Achungo and she can … Continued

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Augustine Dylan

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Augustine Dylan Ochieng Owino (14) joined Achungo’s school at Imbo  for 5th grade in 2017 having heard from students in his area that it was a good school. [Note: 2017 was the first year of operation for Achungo’s primary school at Imbo]. He lives nearby with his parents and his older brothers Enoch and Dennis. … Continued

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Billy Samson Apiyo

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Billy is 15 and has been at Achungo for 11 years, ever since preschool. He likes the learning and the teachers and particularly enjoys Science and learning about the human body. During breaks he enjoys playing football (soccer) with friends. He hopes to become an engineer in America. Billy lives nearby the school with his … Continued

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Brandon Odhiambo Oburu

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Brandon (15) lives with his godparents and brother (15) and joined Achungo’s school at Imbo  in 2019 for 7th grade having heard from others that Achungo was an excellent school. He likes the strong academic performance at Achungo and enjoys his studies and their sports games. On holidays he helps his godparents. He hopes to … Continued

Brightone Odiwuor

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Brightone (14) was told about Achungo’s high performance by a friend and he joined Achungo’s school at Imbo  in 2018 for 6th grade. He had attended St Alfred Primary earlier but he told us, “At Achungo the teachers are better, and the buildings and classrooms are better.” He immediately liked Achungo and he was impressed … Continued

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Browlyne Onyango

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Browlyne is 16 and grew up about 26 km from Achungo in Obwanda, with his parents, and a younger brother (6). He attended Gates Primary and was brought by his mother to Achungo’s school at Imbo in 2017 for 5th grade. They had heard about Achungo’s academic performance. He can walk to school in about … Continued

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Chali Austine Otieno

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Chali Austine (16) joined Achungo’s school at Imbo  in 2017 for 5th grade after hearing from a friend about the quality of learning at Achungo. He has been living with his uncle and a brother (12) and sister (10). During free time he likes studying together with other students and playing football (soccer) and other … Continued

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Christopher Omondi

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Christopher (15) joined Achungo’s school at Imbo  in 2019 for 7th grade having heard that it was a strong school. He found that, compared to his last school, Achungo has “better teachers and much better academic performance.” Christopher lives nearby with his parents, a brother (15) and a sister (11). In his free time, he … Continued

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Crystal Night Aluoch

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Crystal is 14 and lives about 5 kilometers away from Achungo with her aunt, 3 brothers (2 in University and 1 in Primary) and a sister (in high school).  She doesn’t remember her parents at all. She has attended Achungo for 5 years (since 5th grade). She had attended Majiwa Primary, but says that “At … Continued

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Elizabeth Akoth

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Elizabeth (15) joined Achungo’s school at Imbo  in 2017 for 5th grade, having previously attended Olosho Primary. She lives with her parents, two sisters and a brother. She says that Achungo is a nice school and her favorite subject is Science. Outside of class, she likes playing with friends and likes to study and talk … Continued

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Emmaculate Achieng Ochieng

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Emmaculate (16) was brought by her mother to Achungo’s school at Imbo  in 2016 for 4th grade, having attended Heartspring Academy prior to Achungo. She told us the teaching was substandard at Heartspring but she likes the teachers at Achungo and how they help the students learn. Emmaculate lives at considerable distance from the school … Continued

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Emmaculate Amollo

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Emmaculate (16) joined the 5th grade at Achungo’s Imbo school for its first year of operation, in 2017. She lives with her mother and 2 brother.s Her father died in 2013 in a traffic accident. She had previously attended Salem Academy, but told us it was “not a good experience. There was no proper teaching … Continued

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Emmanuel Omanya

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Emmanuel (15) was brought by his father to Achungo’s school at Imbo  in 2019 for 7th grade, having previously attended Godkado Primary.  He lives close to the school with his parents and three younger siblings. On weekends he plays with friends and goes to church with his parents. Emmanuel hopes to become a doctor.

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Happiness Akinyi Ochieng

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Happiness lives in Migori (about an hour’s drive from Rodi) with her maternal aunt and uncle and her 3 sisters (ages 12, 7, and 5) and her brother (4). She never knew her parents and has only seen pictures of them. She had heard about Achungo from a cousin who was attending. In 2019, Happiness … Continued

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Ian David Rajabu Okungu

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Ian David (15) came to Achungo (the school at Rodi) 8 years ago, having heard about it from his aunt. He lives with his mother’s sister, his brother (5) who also attends Achungo) and his sister (12, attending a village school). He never knew his parents and told us that his aunt hasn’t told him … Continued

Isaac Chiteri Omuka

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Isaac (15) was brought by his mother to Achungo’s school at Imbo in 2017 for 5th grade, having heard about its reputation for strong academics. He says he “was very happy from the first day because Achungo was so much better” than his previous school, Koyore Primary. He told us Achungo has better teaching methods, … Continued

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Jacob Omitto

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Jacob (age 14) joined Achungo’s school at Imbo  in 2017 for 5th grade, having previously attended Godkado primary. He likes the teachers at Achungo (“they teach well”) and that there is food for the students. His home is not far from the school. He lives with his parents (they have a small shop) and his … Continued

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Jacob Ouma Odhiambo

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Jacob  is 14 and lives in Homa Bay with his father.  His mother died in 2013 from kidney failure.   Jacob also has a sister (12) and a brother (6) who live with their aunt. Jacob’s father learned about Achungo’s reputation for academic excellence and brought Jacob to Achungo’s school at Imbo in 2019 for the … Continued

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Joan Harnet

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Joan Harnet Akello Ochieng is 15 and lives with her paternal grandmother and 2 brothers (ages 9 and 15). Joan never knew her parents. She had heard people in the village talking about Achungo and decided to check it out. She joined the 6th grade at our Rodi campus in 2018. Before that she attended … Continued

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John Odhiambo

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

John (16) joined Achungo’s school at Imbo  in 2017 for 5th grade, having previously attended Gateview Primary. He likes Achungo’s beautiful school buildings and that it has a reputation for great teachers who produce academic excellence in its students. His home is 100 kilometers from Achungo where he lives with his parents and four older … Continued

Kelvin Ouma Ochieng

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Sadly, Kelvin (15) doesn’t remember anything about his parents. He lives about 7 kilometers from the school with his grandmother, an older sister and a younger sister. He’s been attending Achungo (Rodi) since 2016 and 4th grade. He previously attended Roba Primary. At Achungo the academics are better and he is doing well and feels … Continued

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Kennedy Ochieng Otieno

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Kennedy is 14 and joined Achungo in 2014 for 4th grade coming from Nyagetha Primary. He told us the school had poor performance and no permanent classrooms, just buildings of metal sheeting. He said, “At Achungo the performance is good, there are permanent buildings, and the teaching is better.”  His favorite classes are Math and … Continued

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Kepha Otieno Onyango

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Kepha is 14 and has been at Achungo (Rodi) for 5 years. Prior to that he attended Rodi Primary, but told us that the teachers were “a bad experience. The teachers here are better.” And he likes the food at Achungo also. He enjoys reading, playing football (soccer) with friends, and on breaks likes to … Continued

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Linet Daisy Omondi

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Linet Daisy Achieng Omondi is 16 and came to Achungo in 2019 to join our 7th grade. Before that she had attended St Luke Academy, but says “Achungo has better performance, better teaching, and better classrooms.” She lives with her father, her 2 sisters (ages 1 and 4) and 2 brothers (13 and 8).   She … Continued

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Lizzy Awuor

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Lizzy is 14 and lives with her mother and two brothers. She’s been at Achungo’s school at Imbo for 3 years. She told us the best part about it is the opportunity to learn and that “I can have a better life and future.” She enjoys studying with friends, playing football (soccer) and on the … Continued

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Martha Achieng

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Imbo)

Martha is 17 and lives with her grandmother. She has been at Achungo’s school at Imbo since she was 13. Before that she went to school at Majiwa, but she told us that the teaching is much better here. She enjoys the learning and likes studying together with her friends. Her favorite subject is Math … Continued

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Maryann Jillianne

8th Grade Graduates of 2021 (Rodi)

Maryann is 14 and joined the 7th grade at Achungo Rodi in 2019. She lives nearby with her aunt and uncle and cousins. She never knew her mother or father.  She had heard about Achungo’s performance from neighbors and wanted to do better in school. She had previously attended Rodi Township but told us that … Continued