Monday, February 15, 2016


This is where it all started
A renown Marakwet West Philanthropist Benson Cheserek,  recently won the hearts of social media enthusiasts when he helped spark a campaign that saw an otherwise helpless girl take a step towards realizing her dream.

Irine Jesang, a student at St. Francis Girls' High school, Suwerwa had hit a snag and completely lost hope when the mother, only identified as Mary failed to raise the Ksh40,000 needed for her to pick up with her studies. The case was brought to the attention of members of a messaging service social media called Marakwet West Dreams by Kibet Evans from Koitugun Area and also a nieghbour the afflicted.

 As it turns out, Jesang had been promised a full scholarship by a 'well wisher' (name withheld) who is vying for Elgeyo Marakwet gubernatorial seat but that did not materialize as the supposed sponsor, who leads a national manufacturing and processing company, called in a week later with unfortunate news that he had no money to facilitate the same.
Jesang's mother, wallowing in abject desperation of wanting her daughter to achieve her dreams and later transform the household's image and status, hopefully, started running all over for anybody with a heart of flesh to chip in and help. Kibet, who had been a major link between the girl and the runaway sponsor did however not desert her. He brought the case to the social forum group and members started brainstorming of how to get to the bottom of it all. It was during this tricky moment of sixes and sevens with members giving suggestions ranging from lobbying the constituency bursary committee to allocate her to calling the area mp to personally help that Benson Cheserek stroke gold.

 He told members to stop mulling over impossibilities and walk the talk. He then went ahead and psyched members into contributing there and then by sending their contribution to Kibet's mobile number, starting with his own. (see picture above) This single step by a brave and human heart sparked off a very successful week long online fund raiser that saw Jesang pick up her seemingly shattered dreams. As i am typing this, the figure is already to the tune of Ksh 52,000 and she has reported to school this morning.  To the utmost disbelief of her extremely joyous mother, teachers and her friends.

" When all these talking on the many social groups we have hushes down, everybody retreats to their comfort zone and the problem is left hanging", said Cheserek when i contacted him over phone. He further went ahead and stated that, the current Marakwet West society is filled with a lot of talks and almost null actions. He termed his action as a step to cocking people, especially leaders up to get them notice the gravity of the tribulations the common mwananji is grappling with down here, getting back to the fact that, the constituency development office had reportedly been informed of the same.

There has been widespread allegations of skewed allocation of student bursary across the constituency which however is not confirmed.              

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