Our 8th grade graduates from Achungo all have passed their KCPE exam and entered secondary schools (high schools). (Listed here with the year they will complete high school). This national exam qualifies them for high school. The national passing rate is less than 50% but 100% of our students taking it have passed. Thus we are now considered one of the top schools in the county and administrators and government leaders visit to understand our success. Our purpose now is to find sponsors to mentor them and help with scholarships so they can continue higher education as a major stepping stone toward successful lives. This is key to breaking the age-old cycle of poverty in this extremely poor region of the world.

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Bivallyne Adhiambo Ochieng

High School Class of 2022

Bivallyne has been at Achungo for 6 years, brought by her Auntie who heard about it from Director Michael.   Her parents are alive, mother is at home and her father works on farms and sometimes sells sugar cane at the market.  She has 2 sisters and 4 brothers, some of whom are at the other … Continued

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Carol Akinyi Hassan

High School Class of 2022

Carol’s parents died when she was in 1st grade and she lives with her grandmother, brother and two sisters and cousins.  Her grandmother loves her and cares for her and her siblings and does everything she can to help them “fulfill their dreams.”  She brought Carol to Achungo in 2014 to join our 4th grade. … Continued

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Caroly Ochieng

High School Class of 2022

Caroly has been at Achungo for two years.  Home is about 2 km away where he lives with his parents and three older brothers and older sister. Both of his parents are out of work. He likes that he gets room and board at Achungo and that pupils are given clothes, shoes “and many other … Continued

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Chrisphine Odhiambo

High School Class of 2022

Chrisphine lost his parents to a road accident and came to Achungo 8 years ago at age 5.  Michael had found him living on the street with his brother where they had been surviving off of thrown out food (very difficult in this poor, rural area).  His brother came with him to Achungo but is … Continued

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Dick Tillen

High School Class of 2022

Dick came to Achungo in 2016, joining the 6th grade after a friend told his brother about it.  Dick lives with his older brother who is 3 years older and his grandma and grandpa about 20 km from Achungo.   At his old school he had to get up at 5 am to walk 2 km … Continued

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Elmin Kisuge

High School Class of 2022

Elmin’s mother died from an illness when he was young (“she went to the hospital but never came home”). He still has fond memories of her caring for him, playing with him, and reading with him, though he doesn’t remember his father. He lives with his cousin (George Ouko) near Director Michael’s home.  His three … Continued

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Eunice Anyango

High School Class of 2022

Eunice was brought to Achungo by her grandmother in January 2018 to join the 8th grade. She says that day was the best day of her life.  She had been living with her grandmother about 20 km away from Achungo.  Her mother died in 2008, shot defending the family.  Eunice never knew her father.  She … Continued

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Evance Omondi

High School Class of 2022

Evance came to Achungo in preschool and has been with us for 10 years.  His mother enrolled him at Achungo along with his two younger brothers (Brian and Steve).  His mother had heard about it from Madam Nancy (one of our first teachers) whom she knew through their church. His mother and father are living … Continued

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Hestone Otieno

High School Class of 2022

Hestone came to Achungo 5 years ago at age 9 to join our 3rd grade after her mother, Lillian Achieng, found out about the school.   Her father, Felix Onyango, is an engineer who works in Kisii and comes home on weekends.   Hestone’s family includes her sister Gigi (3), and brother Milton Omondi (10), both of … Continued

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Hygiene Atieno

High School Class of 2022

Hygiene was brought to Achungo 3 years ago by her grandmother and joined our 6th grade.  They had heard about the success at the school.   She lives with her parents, Dixon Otieno and Faith Aweno, her siblings, and her grandmother, but none of them have work.  She also has 12 nephews (ages 12 to 22) … Continued

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Mercy Atieno

High School Class of 2022

Mercy’s mother died giving birth to her younger sister and her father died of meningitis, so she and her younger sister, Joy, lived with her grandmother in the Homa Bay area.  She had gone to a private school, Heartspring, until her parents died and her grandmother could no longer afford it.  She then attended Oneno public … Continued

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Mike Onguka Owili

High School Class of 2022

Mike came to Achungo 5 years ago with his grandmother and joined our 3th grade.  He lived in Oyugis (33 km away) with his grandmother and sister, Lavera Maggy, who is in 1st grade at Achungo.    His parents died in 2007 during a time of serious election violence and he doesn’t remember them at all. … Continued

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Rehema Awuor

High School Class of 2022

Rehema (12) was brought to Achungo 6 years ago by her grandmother.   She had been living in Homa Bay (about 8 miles away) with her grandmother and her older brother.  Her mother and father had died in a car accident when she was quite young. After that the family was split up as another brother … Continued

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Saidi Shaaban Hassan

High School Class of 2022

Shaaban came to Achungo 5 years ago joining 3rd grade.  Thought originally from Kisumu, he comes from Ongeng (about 5 km from here) where he lives with his father, younger brother and three younger sisters.   His father brought him to Achungo after hearing about it from a teacher.  His sisters are at Achungo and his … Continued

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Samuel Otieno Nyambok

High School Class of 2022

Samuel’s aunt brought him to Achungo eight years ago, enrolling him in preschool.  He lives about 3 km away with his mother, who is not working, and his younger brother, Koffi Annan.  His father died of AIDS when he was 6 years old.     When he is home, he fetches water for his mother from a … Continued

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Samwel Briton

High School Class of 2022

Samwel came to Achungo last year (2017) to learn and “get some religion.”  His parents died from illness when he was 9 and he has since lived with his uncle, his older brother, and two younger sisters about 4km from Achungo.  His uncle also has 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls with the oldest … Continued

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Sharon Achelo Akinyi

High School Class of 2022

Both of Sharon’s parents passed away from illnesses when she was young.  She was brought to Achungo 4 years ago at age 11, entering our 5th grade.  She hopes for a better life as she gets a good education.  She told us “I like how the teachers teach.”  She enjoys soccer (football) and wants to … Continued

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Tim Patrobah

High School Class of 2022

Tim was brought to Achungo by his sister, Diana, a teacher at Achungo in 2016.  He lives about 11 km away with 1 brother and 3 sisters and his parents (“who always allow me to do my homework”). Tim’s a joker and says that he always makes people laugh, even when he is in front … Continued

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Valentine Odiwuor

High School Class of 2022

Valentine has been at Achungo for 7 years, starting in 2nd grade and comes from a home 4 km away that he shares with his father and mother, three older brothers and two younger sisters.    They grow and sell fruits and vegetables (mother tends the garden and father sells the produce at market).  When he’s … Continued

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Vidah Awuor

High School Class of 2022

Vidah came to Achungo 9 years ago and joined our preschool class.  Her parents had died of illnesses, first, her father when she was very young, and then, her mother when she was in 4th grade.  She has two brothers and two sisters and two cousins.   They all live nearby with her aunt and uncle.  When … Continued

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Vincent Otieno

High School Class of 2022

Vincent’s uncle brought him to Achungo 6 years ago to join our 3rd grade.   His father died when he was a young boy.   He was living in Migori  (about 60 km away) with his mother, two younger sisters, and younger brother Tobias but now lives nearer Achungo with his uncle in Homa Bay. Vincent went … Continued

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Vivian Amondi

High School Class of 2022

Vivian came to Achungo 8 years ago.  She had not been at a school prior.   Her older sister (age 27) told her about Achungo.  She was 5 when both parents died in a car accident.  She likes living at school and likes the dorm.  She especially likes the teachers – “they are caring, how they … Continued

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Winnie Akoth

High School Class of 2022

Winnie has been at Achungo for 3 years and lives with her older sister about 15 miles away in Migori county.  She has no memory of her mother and she rarely sees her father.   Her brother is in 4th grade at Achungo and her younger sister is at Rarage, a public primary school in Ndhiwa. … Continued

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Becky Cynthia Adhiambo

High School Class of 2018

Unlike many in her class, Becky enjoys studying Swahili (her third language, after her native Luo and English) and wants to turn her interest in language into a TV journalism career. She’d like to study at University of Kenyatta or University of Nairobi after secondary school.   If she doesn’t get into journalism, Becky wants to … Continued

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Benard Otieno Orwa

High School Class of 2018

Benard is a natural and humble leader, an athlete, and a diligent student. He’s in his element whether he’s singing a solo or teaching the class in morning worship or in a homemade costume leading the boys in a tribal dance or competing in volleyball or helping other students with their homework as he works … Continued

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Brian Onyango Orwa

High School Class of 2018

When Achungo found Brian and his younger sister, Wendy, they were living with their grandparents with Brian spending his days fetching wood from the forest and water from the river. His father, a policeman in northern Kenya, had been killed by cattle rustlers and some years later his mother, Rose, took sick and died. Brian … Continued

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Clement Onyango Oswago

High School Class of 2018

Clement lived with his grandmother since the loss of both of his parents when he was 6. Because she didn’t have money for him to go to public school, he stayed home most of the time, helping with chores. The best day of his life, Clement says, was “when (Achungo Director) Michael brought me here.”  … Continued

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Cynthia Adhiambo Juma

High School Class of 2018

Cynthia is Steve Juma’s half sister.  Their father’s 2 wives, their mothers, had different households, so after his death, they lived with different relatives and enrolled at Achungo at different times.  Both had often been absent from school because they couldn’t pay public school costs. Like her brother, Cynthia’s favorite subjects are science and social … Continued

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Duke Otieno Awino

High School Class of 2018

As opposed to most of the Achungo students, this sweet, lanky teen has both his parents living (in Oyugis, about 30 km from Achungo).   Achungo founder Michael Nyangi admitted Duke to class 7 in 2012 because he was living in poverty, and his parents couldn’t afford to pay public school fees. Like many Kenyan men, … Continued

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Geophrey Kamau Onyango

High School Class of 2018

Geophrey is highly versatile – he enjoys cooking, cartooning, storytelling, science, engineering, socializing and football (soccer).   He learned to cook samosas and chapatti from his mother, who cooks and sells food roadside, near Achungo. Geophrey lost his father when he was young.  When he came to Achungo last year, he had been living with his … Continued

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James Omondi Okal

High School Class of 2018

James has “about 16 siblings,” he says, since his father had four wives before passing away more than 10years ago. James is at Achungo with his half brother Bernard, also in class 8. Mr. Selim, one of James’ teachers, describes him as “passionate about learning, ready to be guided.” After secondary, James hopes to graduate … Continued

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Joshua Okelo Seco

High School Class of 2018

Joshua is in his third year at Achungo and wants to be like Michael Nyangi, the orphanage-school’s founder and director. Like Michael, Joshua is patient, honest, disciplined, humble and a leader in his role as the class 8 prefect. He plans to go to secondary school and on to university. He even shares Michael’s philanthropic aspirations. … Continued

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Maurine Otieno Adhiambo

High School Class of 2018

“I’m happy all the time, ” Maurine says, whenever you ask how she’s doing.    She was happy living with her grandmother, Magdalena, in nearby Ndiwa before coming to Achungo in 2012. She doesn’t remember her mother or father at all. She appreciates Achungo “I’m learning more here because the teachers are highly trained,” says Maurine. … Continued

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Peggy Awuor Orako

High School Class of 2018

Peggy is one of our first students, having been at Achungo since joining the preschool in 2005. She likes living in the new girls dorm because it has electricity, unlike home where she lived until this year with her mother and grandmother. Living in the dorm gives Peggy time to study the subjects that will … Continued

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Sharon Mecril Obano

High School Class of 2018

Sharon was 7 when her father died in an accident in 2006 and her brother, Steve, was 4, and sister, Ida, an infant.  When their mother died the following year, they moved in with their grandmother in the village of Rodi Kopany, where Achungo is located.  Feeding and clothing three young children were a struggle, … Continued

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Steve Ouma Juma

High School Class of 2018

Steve’s parents died before he turned eight. He moved in with his grandmother and his diabetic grandfather, but they couldn’t afford to buy the food, school uniform and supplies he needed to attend public school. When Achungo’s headmaster met Steve in 2012, the boy had not attended school for seven years and owned no shoes. … Continued

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Winfred Edith Ochieng

High School Class of 2018

When Winfred was three, her father died in a car accident, and her mother died 4 years later.  Since age 7 she has lived with her grandparents, aunt and cousin. When she arrived at Achungo, with her twin 6-year-old siblings, she was shy and struggled academically, but she worked hard, sometimes one-on-one with favorite teacher … Continued

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Wycliffe Mwok Ochieng

High School Class of 2018

Wycliffe’s mother died when he was very young and his father was killed by his own brother.  He was living with his stepmother and widowed aunt in a village about 20 kilometers distant when he was first brought to Achungo three years ago. Since then he has boarded at the school, only going home on … Continued

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Cynthia Adhiambo Malela

High School Class of 2019

Cynthia (13) joined Achungo 2 years ago entering 6th grade.  She was living near Director Nyangi’s village of Kager with her elderly, disabled father and her brother (20).  Cynthia had to drop out of school to help support the family by working in the sugar cane fields until we found her and brought her to Achungo.   She says of … Continued

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Elisha Odero Aruongo Ooko

High School Class of 2019

Elisha (13) was living with his grandmother and grandfather (his parents died when he was 2).  He has a brother in high school.   joined Achungo this year, having attended .  “Here there is more time to study,” he says. Elisha had dropped out of School (St. Alfred’s Primary at Imbo, near Director Nyangi’s home village) when … Continued

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Erick Otieno Odhiambo

High School Class of 2019

Erick (13) has been at Achungo since first grade.  He lives in Ogande (a few miles away) with his mother and grandmother.  “Achungo is nice.  I have learned to read and write.”  His favorite subjects are Math, History and studying the human body in Science.  He wants to become a surgeon “I like learning how … Continued

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Esther Awuor Dianga

High School Class of 2019

Esther (15) came to Achungo mid-year last year, having spent some time at Hogomi Academy in Ndhiwa (about 12 miles away).  Her mother and father live in Obiero where she has 2 brothers and 2 sisters.  They did not have money to support her, so she moved in with her oldest sister (20) and husband and … Continued

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Grace Adhiambo Oguda

High School Class of 2019

Grace, 13, first came to Achungo to Preschool (“Baby Class”).  She lives with her aunt and uncle (they have a subsistence garden) and is the last born of 7 children.  One brother is in secondary school, and a sister is in 6th grade in Homa Bay.  She loves being at Achungo– “the teachers are very helpful” and now … Continued

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Jackline Awuor Nyanjwa

High School Class of 2019

Jackline (14) joined Achungo last year, previously attending Heart Springs Primary (a public school) in Kochia where she lived with her father and 4 siblings (3 of them are at Heart Springs and 1 is in teachers’ college).  “In public school teachers are not serious about their work” Her mother died from an illness when Jackline … Continued

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Jael Aida Ogola

High School Class of 2019

Jael (13) came to Achungo 2 years ago entering 6th grade. She lived in Oyugis (about 20 miles from Rodi) with her grandmother and step-sister and step-brother, having lost her parents when she was in 1st grade.   She also has a sister (20) and brother (26 and married) who live in Kisumu along with 2 brothers who are in high … Continued

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John Belinz Otieno

High School Class of 2019

John, 14, came to Achungo this year. John lives with his mother in Rodi.  His father is a teacher in Kisumu who he sees during breaks.  His favorite subjects are Math and Science and he wants to go to University to become a Civil Engineer.  John likes badminton and when he’s out of school, he likes … Continued

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John Steve Odiwuor

High School Class of 2019

John, 16, lives with his step-father, Alfred and Alfred’s 7 children and John’s older sister, who is in high school.  John started Achungo this year, having previously attended Ndiru Primary nearby.  “The learning is better here.  Here there are preps in the evening and there is boarding.”  At the public primary there was less teaching and less study time. … Continued

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Lawrence Otieno Olum

High School Class of 2019

Lawrence, 15,  joined Achungo last year, for 7th grade.  Lawrence lived in Pap Ndege (about 44 miles from Rodi)  with his mother.  His parents are separated and his father is apparently in Nairobi, but Lawrence has no memory of him.  His mother is sickly and very poor and struggles to provide for her 5 children.  In order to … Continued

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Lorine Meril Akinyi

High School Class of 2019

Lorine (14) came to Achungo 2 years ago, in 6th grade.  Before that she had attended Ngera Primary– “there the teachers were often absent.  At Achungo the teachers and the students are helpful and the teaching is good.”  She is the oldest of 4 children and lived with her mother (she never knew her father, now … Continued

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Matthew (Calvince) Amoya

High School Class of 2019

Matthew (16) joined Achungo 2 years ago, having attended Pap Ndege  a public primary about 40 miles from Rodi.  Matthew transferred from Class 8 at his old school where he had taken the final Exams but performed poorly (scoring 130/500).  When he came to Achungo, he dropped back 2 grades to 6th because he’d gotten so … Continued