NIC Bank has sponsored five students living with albinism to the M-PESA foundation academy.
The Kshs 2 million sponsorship will go towards financing the students’ education at the academy for the four years. The sponsored students are beneficiaries of the Dr. Choksey foundation, which is dedicated at improving the quality of life of persons with Albinism in Kenya.
NIC Bank is the first corporate organisation to contribute towards the M-PESA foundation academy.
“As NIC Bank we are pleased to support these students and bring positive change in their lives. Education is key to building our economy and will equip them with life skills that will enable them to make informed life decisions and to contribute to their society positively,” said NIC Banks’ Director Marketing, Communications and Citizenship, Rosalind Gichuru during the cheque handover when the Form 1 students reported to the M-PESA foundation academy.
The M-PESA Foundation Academy is a state of the art, mixed boarding high school providing world class Kenyan secondary education. Driven by leadership, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, the Academy serves talented but economically disadvantaged students with demonstrable leadership potential.
Dr. Prabha V. Choksey is an ophthalmologist and the founder of the Dr. Choksey foundation. The foundation has supported hundreds of children and families affected by Albinism, mainly offering free eye care and paying school fees for those disadvantaged in society. who are not able to. NIC Bank has been supporting the Foundation for two years as one of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program initiatives and 2017 will be our third year.
“M-PESA Foundation Academy has been operational since February 2016 and has admitted 96 students to form 1 since them. It expects an estimated 190 students to enroll this year. The selection process is very rigorous and involves picking students from different counties across the country by identifying their leadership potential from economically disadvantaged schools.
“Education is a holistic process. Learning goes beyond listening to the teacher disseminate knowledge and test accuracy. Developing and nurturing the students’ talents is an essential component that is incorporated in our curriculum. We offer state of art facilities managed by dedicated and experienced staff,” said the CEO of M-PESA foundation, Mr. Les Baillie during the cheque handover when the Form 1 students were reporting to the M-PESA foundation academy.
The five students are Linda Nyakoha, Devrighan Rakuom, Catherine Ngendo, Samuel Mburu and Nancy Njeri and hails from various counties across the country. Linda Nyakoha, is one of the beneficiaries of the support from NIC Bank. She has been supported by Dr. Choksey through her primary education and was excited to join the academy, having attained 375 marks in her KCPE. “I would like to be a doctor and support people with Albinism in Kenya. I look forward to my four years here and making new friends,” said Linda Nyakoha.