My good friend Walter Joel Obonyo's school fees
Organized by: Lukas Behnken
April 07, 2016
I am a producer / actor in Los Angeles.
I was invited by my good friend Westley Thornton to go and teach vegetable farming and AIDS awareness with him in Tanzania in 2006 with GSC, a local NGO. I met a boy, 14 yrs old, named Walter, when I was going to do rock art in a river in the village I was living in. He led me to the river and we, with some other children, made waterfalls in the river. We became friends over the next few weeks and I was impressed by his intellect, his thoughts and his kindness. When I departed we exchanged addresses and I came home. We started writing letters. He was not currently in school yet but had a deep desire to attend. I helped him with funds to attend a local school. He graduated with honors at the top of his class and a leader in his student council.
The next few years we were able to keep our friendship and would email, skype and call often. It was difficult for us to find a college to get him into that I could afford. Then in 2013 I took on a project producing a documentary that took me to Nairobi, Kenya. Walter lived 6 hours from Nairobi. I was able to hire him to be my assistant for my 6 weeks of filming a documentary titled 'MULLY' on the life of Dr. Charles Mully. It was amazing to get to see him again, something I never knew if we would get to do. He was amazing and moved up to be the main production assistant and camera assistant on the film shoot. We started looking for schools in Nairobi in between filming. Nothing was figured out. Then I went again to do pick up shoots for another 4 weeks. I was able to hire Walter again to be a part of the team.
While there on this shoot, I learned of a college, Daystar University, where a few of the children that Dr. Charles Mully had rescued from the slums and streets of Kenya were attending. Dr. Mully and his son Isaac connected me to the college and we were able to have Walter apply. Then he was accepted to Pre-University last year and completed those courses with top grades and was able to start attending for a full degree! He has now been attending Daystar University and his next semester fees are coming up.
It costs roughly $1500 per semester with housing and food for college there. This goal is to help us cover this upcoming semester and prepare for the upcoming 2 semesters and allow me to prepare for the following years. I have been able to sustain covering these costs up to this point, and I am in need of financial help to continue his schooling. I have a strong belief in Walter and I believe he is going to do amazing things for the world and for those in need. I would love to have you join me in helping Walter complete his college so that he can go into Kenya and Tanzania and be a light in the world.