Man offers to educate 13-year-old boy who collected, sold plastics to fulfill his dream

Man offers to educate 13-year-old boy who collected, sold plastics to fulfill his dream

- Ian Otieno's plight was highlighted by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)

- The 13-year-old who hails from a humble family took advantage of schools closures to collect plastic wastes from Dandora dumpsite and sell them

- Kennedy Odede who was raised in Kibra said he was touched by the boy's situation and promised to buy him a new bike and pay his school fees until he completes Form 4

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The inability to pay fees and other education expenses keep many children out of school leaving their dreams on the edge.

A young Dandora boy named Ian Otieno who collected plastics for sale with a dream of owning just a bicycle has been offered full education scholarship by one Kennedy Odede, founder of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO).

"l am in class 6 at James Gichuru Primary in Dandora. With the schools closed I am using this opportunity to go to the dumpsite and collect as much plastics as I can. I am trying to fund my dream of owning a bicycle.

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Ian Otieno: Volunteer offers full education scholarship to Dandora boy who collected plastics for sale

Ian Otieno, a Class six pupil at at James Gichuru Primary in Dandora at the dumpsite. Photo: KHRC.
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"I have always wanted a bike since I was little. When I pass through neighborhoods and see children riding their own bikes, I wish I too had my own, but my parents can’t afford to buy me one," Otieno told KHRC.

The kind-hearted Odede who was raised in Kibra said he was touched by the boy's situation and promised to buy him a new bike and pay his school fees until he completes Form 4.

"This story of Ian Otieno has warmed my heart. I am going to buy him a new bike and pay his school fees until he reaches Form 4. Any young person who takes initiative should be encouraged and supported. I am where I am today because someone believed in me. I believe in you Ian!" said Odede.

Otieno said he was paid KSh 100 to collect the plastics from Dandora dumpsite and had so far managed to save KSh 400.

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"I have enough energy and collecting plastics and selling them from the dumpsite for KSh 100 is a good idea for me to try and fund my dream of owning a bike," he said.

Ian Otieno: Volunteer offers full education scholarship to Dandora boy who collected plastics for sale

Ian Otieno earned KSh 100 per day from plastics collected at Dandora dumpsite. Photo: KHRC.
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"I’ve saved KSh 400 so far since I also help my mum with some money since she doesn’t make enough from her businesses. Coronavirus is killing people. I don’t fear coronavirus. I make at least KSh 100 a day from the plastics. I need KSh 3,000 to get my bicycle. When I get a bike, I’ll be the happiest child," he added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian man who goes by the name Dr B-Bay on Twitter has shared an inspiring story of triumph that shows that just anything is possible if one is dedicated enough.

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He said he migrated to the US in 2000 without knowing how to speak or write the English Language.

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