Faith Jepkosgei Tum
March 13, 2018
Faith Jepkosgei Tum
TEACH A MAN TO FISH AND YOU FEED HIM FOR A LIFETIME
My name is Faith Jepkosgei Tum. I am twenty two years old. I come from Lamanon village, Ainabkoi Sub County in Uasin Gishu County. I am fifth born child in a family of seven children; raised by our mother after they separated with my father fifteen years ago (unfortunately, mom went to be with the Lord on 26th October 2017 after a long illness). I enrolled to the scholarship program in the year 2011 when I was in form 2 at Plateau Girls secondary school. I successfully completed my secondary education in 2013; scored a mean grade of A-. Currently, I am in my final year of studies at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology pursuing a degree course in Financial Engineering.
Having been raised by a single parent who was just but a housewife, life was hard. She used to work on peoples farms as a casual laborer in order to put food on the table. Due to this challenge, my three elder brothers didn’t get an opportunity to join secondary schools. The fourth born, currently at Kenyatta University, completed secondary school by the help of well-wishers. My time to join secondary school came, thanks to God I scored good marks 360/500 at plateau primary school. Lack of finance was still a major problem in our family but God is ever gracious; I joined plateau girls under the schools sponsorship which meant I had to finance the remaining part of the school fees. Raising the ‘little’ amount was still a problem for us. Again God sends good people into our lives, the school principal kept me in school having understood the situation I was in. It was through this principal that I got to know about the NCCK scholarship program
It was on a school holiday, someone brought me the application forms having been sent by the principal. I filled them hopefully believing that God will see us through. I submitted the forms to the offices and kept praying about it. Indeed, God answered the prayer and the scholarship became effective from form 2. Though I had lost hope at some point before, I was now confident that the storm was getting over. I worked extra hard having been given that great opportunity. I managed to score a mean grade of A- of 80 points. Actually, the best grade in the history of the school and still waiting for someone to break my record. In all these I give glory to the most high. The program impacted my life in many ways; I am the great I am today because of the special program.
I am working hard to be a financial engineer. One thing I have been praying about is that God help me with necessary resources so that I can offer a shoulder for others to lean on. I felt how it feels to have nothing and would wish to work closely with NCCK in order to fulfil this. I have so far managed through campus with the help of HELB loans and bursaries and I believe that soon I will complete successfully. Thank you NCCK having prepared my academic path. May God bless you abundantly?
‘He who wished to secure the good of others has already secured his own‘