Camp Manager kyembeni congratulates Student Dixon Karia
As part of Serian’s ongoing support of the local community, two senior students have just recently benefited from having their termly school fees, books and uniform paid for by the camp.
The students both live in Mararianda- a village near the camp and attend the Gusii Highlights High School. I met with the students to discuss the impact this support has had on their lives.
Dickson Karia explained that without Serian’s support he couldn’t pursue his studies, as his father died a number of years ago and his mother is struggling to raise a large family, alone. He was deeply appreciative of Serian’s backing and is a keen student with a particular interest in the Sciences.
Ken Leperes another very articulate and ambitious student, explained that he was the youngest and only literate member of the family. One of his favourite subjects is Business Studies and he has aspirations to have a career in management.
What struck me about both students was their high value for education. As a teacher in an inner London boys school I am used to students taking their education for granted and being unappreciative of the wealth of resources they have to support their learning. It was a pleasure to spend time with two such dedicated students. It’s fabulous that Serian is making such a difference to their lives.
As a gesture of thanks to Serian, myself and a number of other camp staff, were invited to the manyatta’s of both students. We were made to feel very welcome. All family members came out to meet us and tea and food were served inside the manyattas - a very unique experience and a real privilege to experience Maasai family life at first hand.