- Emmanuel Mbaji Mruu first shared Salim's photos online and asked Kenyans of goodwill to come through for the young scholar
- Well-wishers came through in a major way and saw to it that Salim and his family had gotten a complete solar system
- The good news was made public by Gift A Girl Child Initiative's Diana Chitsaka Mwangala
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Salim Khamis, a Grade Six pupil from Jola Urabi Primary in Shanzu and who was captured on camera doing his homework using street light and his family are a relieved lot after receiving the much-needed help from well-wishers.
Homework under street lights
Briefly News has learnt Salim and his family on Friday, September 17, afternoon received a solar system thanks from contributions from well-wishers following a report by this site.
According to Gift A Girl Child Initiative's Diana Chitsaka Mwangala, Salim received a solar panel, a battery, switches, sockets, an inverter and bulbs to help him and his siblings study and complete their homework even at night.
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Sharing the good news to Kenyans through Facebook, Diana posted photos of himself alongside environmentalist Emmanuel Mbaji Mruu who first shared Salim's photos online at an electricals shop buying the aforementioned items.
Diana thanked all the well-wishers who contributed to the worthy course.
"So far Soo Good we purchased a solar system. Solar panel, battery, switches, sockets, inverter, bulbs. Our boy is going to have free lights throughout. He can be able to study at home without any difficulties. God bless you abundantly my good friends and family for the support. Diana Chitsaka, Team Leader And Founder GIFT A GIRL CHILD INITIATIVE" Diana captioned.
The lady also shared photos of herself officially handing over the items to Salim's family at Shanzu.
"I delivered the solar system to the boy's mother. The boy was still at school. Thank you my Facebook friends for always standing with me in supporting our vulnerable children. May you not lack may the Lord fill the gap you left when you gave for the boy's support. Thanks, Guys I NOW DECLARE the fund drive CLOSED. Thank you guys barikiweni sana," Diana added.
According to Emmanuel Mbaji Mruu who first shared the photos online, Salim Khamisi is a Grade 6 pupil from Jola Urabi Primary in Shanzu Mtwapa.
He, however, wasn't able to enjoy the benefits of electricity because his parents were struggling financially and unable to buy tokens.
"I saw a zeal, I saw a great person in him. Can we help this brain?" pleaded Mruu.
He added that Salim lives with his mother, who is jobless, and an uncle who is a peasant mason. The house is rented and the family pays daily to use a prepaid solar lamp for the lights to remain on.
It was a revelation that pointed to the fact that having electricity is something many take for granted and it's only when such cases arise that the message hits home.
The boy's resilience and zeal for education in the wake of poverty touched many as they sent word out requesting help. A number of well-wishers started a drive that hopes to bring on board kind-hearted Kenyans who will support the boy out of his plight.
The idea was to buy the family a solar panel and a battery so that the young boy is able to study and do his homework at night without worrying about the tokens.
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The story was shared by Michael Owusu, the business judicial chairperson for CoHSS-KNUST, who confirmed that he had been seeing the girl almost every night for the past two years.
He also indicated that the girl who lives at Kumasi, Dompase-Aprabo, takes to the street each night because she has no electricity in her house but her seriousness alone has won her his admiration over the years.