Joyce has two sisters and one twin brother. Her mother died giving birth to Joyce’s younger sister and, from then on, Joyce was raised by her father. Joyce’s father worked hard to ensure that her school fees were paid. He died a few years later, however, and her stepmother took all of the family’s belongings and disappeared.
Suddenly orphans, the children had to learn how to sustain themselves. Joyce’s eldest sister left school to “look for contracts” in order to feed the family. Due to her inability to pay school fees, Joyce eventually left primary school for a year until the government made primary education free. Both her older siblings scored high marks on the KCPE exam yet failed to get funding for secondary school. Despite seeing their failures, Joyce continued to try hard in school and her efforts have paid off tremendously.
Joyce is quite the dichotomy as she plays fiercely on the net ball court but can also belt out a soothing, beautiful singing voice. Although Joyce grew up without any encouragement, she seems to have a clear vision for the future.
Joyce hopes to be a court magistrate in order “to give people fair judgement.” While she is one of the quieter students, her past shows that Joyce is a silent fighter for what she knows she deserves. Her ability to maintain hope is something to admired.
Brenda comes from a loving but destitute family. She lives with her mother and is known in her community as being “morally upright and with great potential.” She went to a good primary school but, while many of the other students were able to afford to pay for secondary school fees, Brenda was left behind.
Upon seeing her KCPE scores, Brenda’s mother decided to work ferociously to find a way for her daughter to attend secondary school.
Brenda weeped through half of her admission interviews for Daraja Academy and it became apparent to the administrators how hard this young woman was willing to work.
Brenda’s reserved demeanor is gradually transforming to a more open disposition. She is slowly but surely allowing her inner character to show as she is getting more comfortable with he new environment. It will be beautiful to see how she blossoms throughout the year.