John Ochieng

John Ochieng

Form 4 (completed Kenyan Secondary school)

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My name is John Ochieng, I am originally from Siaya and I moved recently to Nakuru. I am sure I will become a lawyer because I feel inside myself the urge to fight for a more just world.

My parents broke up when I was 6 months old and I have never seen my mother since then. My father got married to another woman who kicked me out of the house when my father was put in jail. I asked for help from my grandmother in Nakuru, she was the sweetest person in the world, but she could not afford to host me or help me financially. I lived as a street child at the recycling station and I sold some copper to keep going. Finally, I was brought at the Center and my life changed. I study very hard every day and I will do everything in my possibilities to achieve my goals. Education is essential in the life of an

individual because learning new things is the key to have a better life. For example, I have other interests outside school; fashion and design, food and nutrition, I love creating meal plans and writing recipes. This sponsorship would represent an amazing opportunity for me to become a lawyer and to help people who have been through my same path. My motto is: “Let your past not define who you are”.