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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Sharon Achieng Odongo

High School Class of 2019

Sharon is 14 and joined Achungo last year in 7th grade.  Before that she was been living with her step-sister and brother.  Her step-sister’s husband is deceased and her step-sister supports herself selling sugar cane and firewood at the roadside. For a time, Sharon attended nearby Rodi Primary public school.  She likes Achungo because “there is higher … 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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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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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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Michael Kevin Omondi

High School Class of 2019

Michael is 13 and has been at Achungo for 3 years.  He was living with his Aunt and her sons and daughters nearby.  He has been with them ever since his mother left him when he was 3.  He likes the teachers at Achungo and likes playing volleyball.  Michael hopes to become a Doctor.  When he’s … 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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Sharon Auma Otieno

High School Class of 2019

Sharon is 15 and came to Achungo this year.   She was living with her 21-year-old brother, a truck driver who is her only living family.  She has no memory of her parents. She previously attended Wikoteng Primary.  “They taught in Mother Tongue [Luo] and I was failing and saw an opportunity to come to Achungo.  Here … Continued

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Rolex Achieng Otieno

High School Class of 2019

Rolex joined Achungo this year, coming from Ligisa Primary.   She was living with her parents and 3 brothers (6, 8, and 12), but her parents are too ill to work and are unable to provide for the family.  Her brothers used to attend a nearby private school, Mariwa Junior Academy, but have since had to move to … 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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Shadrack Ochola Orwa

High School Class of 2019

Shadrack is 13 and joined Achungo in the 4th grade, having attended nearby Rodi Primary.  “In the public school, we were not being taught well.  Teachers came just 3 days a week.  It is hard to learn.  Here the teachers do good work and so students can do good work.” Shadrack’s family was known to Director Nyangi … 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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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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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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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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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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Mercy Brenda Odendwa

High School Class of 2020

Although Mercy’s parents are alive, they are divorced and her father has remarried. When she came to Achungo in 5th grade, Mercy’s father helped pay her tuition. When he lost his job, and could no longer pay, Michael Nyangi allowed Mercy to continue her education anyway because she’d proven herself to be a very bright, … Continued

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Brian Omondi Atinga

High School Class of 2020

Brian’s father died long ago.  He lives with his mother, who is HIV positive, about 1 mile from the Achungo school. He has been walking to school at Achungo since he was 5 years old and is known to his many friends here by his nickname, Tinga Tinga.  He has a younger half-sister, born after … Continued

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Alvin Shadrack Nyateko

High School Class of 2020

Alvin joined Achungo last year for 7th grade. Both of Alvin’s parents are alive and although quite poor, when they heard about Achungo, they enrolled him and agreed to pay a small amount toward his tuition. Alvin is a disciplined student, who says he “loves to learn and acquire knowledge.” His favorite subject is math … Continued

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Abel Onyango Ogambo

High School Class of 2020

Life changed for Abel when his father died of HIV/AIDS in 2010, leaving him with his mother, also HIV positive. As the oldest child, the boy had to work to feed his family and missed a lot of school. Michael Nyangi found out about his situation from a public school teacher. When Abel enrolled at … Continued

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Lencer Atieno

High School Class of 2020

In 2007 Lencer was living with her parents and five siblings in Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city (about 500 miles away on the coast), when her father was killed during widespread post-election violence. The next year, her mother brought the children back to her hometown 6 miles from Rodi Kopany.  Lencer attended public school, but … Continued

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Brian Odhiambo Odongo

High School Class of 2020

Brian Odongo was one of the first students at Achungo in 2005 while both of his parents were alive and helping pay his tuition. When he was in 3rd grade, his father died after a long illness, and the boy left Achungo. Director Michael Nyangi later learned that Brian’s mother had taken him and his … Continued

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Brian Mwita Omodia

High School Class of 2020

Brian’s father learned about Achungo from the parents of Duke Awino, a top student in our first graduating class of 2014. Brian’s mother and siblings live about 20 miles away, but his father is often 250 miles away in Nairobi looking for manual labor.  Wanting the best for his son, Brian’s father brought him to … Continued

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Emelda Awuor Obado

High School Class of 2020

Sometimes a girl just needs to take matters into her own hands. Emelda’s mother died long ago and her father, who lived in Rodi Kopany, eventually married another woman, but the new couple neglected her. She’d heard about Achungo from friends, so 13-year-old Emelda bravely came alone to enroll. She brought a complete handwritten application … Continued

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Briton Otieno Odero

High School Class of 2020

Six years ago Briton’s father died of HIV/AIDS. His mother, his father’s second wife, is also HIV positive and lives in Oneno Village with her three children. Briton enrolled at Achungo in 7th grade.  This year the teachers selected Briton for school chaplain because he follows direction well and is knowledgeable in the Bible, being … Continued

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Wyclife Oketch Okeyo

High School Class of 2020

After his parents divorced, Wyclife’s mother disappeared and his father, a teacher, died. Wyclife and his 5 siblings lived with his aunt about 4 miles from Rodi, where she made a living selling watermelon in the marketplace. He joined Achungo in 3rd Grade and now has many friends at his new home. “The teachers love … Continued

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Emanuel Juma

High School Class of 2020

Emmanuel’s friend Laurine Akinyi, a 2015 graduate, told him about Achungo.  But to enroll him, his grandmother had to prove that he was an orphan. She presented Michael Nyangi with documentation that he had no parents and the area chief confirmed it. Emmanuel enrolled in Class 7, moved into the boys’ dorm, and has become … Continued

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Phenny Awuor Odhiambo

High School Class of 2020

Phenny’s father was a teacher, paying for her to attend private school before he died in a car accident. After his death, Phenny’s mother couldn’t pay the tuition, so brought her to Achungo and enrolled her as a boarding student in 7th grade.  Phenny performed well on the placement test that Achungo gives new students. … Continued

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Clifford Ooko

High School Class of 2020

Clifford is a determined young man. After his father died in 2014, leaving behind a wife and three children, Clifford approached the Achungo head of school uninvited. He told Michael Nyangi, “I want to be a lawyer, but I won’t make it by going to public school. If I come to Achungo, I will be … Continued

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Margaret Vallary Otieno

High School Class of 2020

Margaret was brought to Michael Nyangi’s attention by her neighbor who is on his advisory board. Both of her parents died of HIV/AIDS when she was 4, leaving her to live with her grandmother. She attended public school in Rodi Kopany until her grandmother was too old to care for her any longer, and she … Continued

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Maurice Otieno Ariko

High School Class of 2020

Maurice lost his father in 2004 and mother in 2010 and went to live with an uncle, who was very poor. To survive, Maurice worked on a farm taking care of cattle for about a year. He was mistreated by the farmer, eventually running away because of the beatings. A school administrator brought him to … Continued

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Edith Awuor Odondo

High School Class of 2020

Edith started attending Achungo for preschool before any of the current campus was built. Achungo has also changed the life of her twice-widowed mother who has six daughters. Because she was left without a husband or son, her family took away her land and she was left with only her house—no land even for a garden to … Continued

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Samuel Odhiambo Wagumba

High School Class of 2020

Samuel was commuting over 20 miles to school each day with his parents as they looked for work in Rodi-Kopany.  They eventually opened a small canteen here and his father brought Samuel to Achungo planning to contribute to his tuition (it is about $7 per month). However, Samuel’s mother divorced his father and then disappeared … Continued

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Jalayvone Otieno Oluch

High School Class of 2020

Jalayvone is a bright student who enjoys math and science and heads the debate team. In addition to providing a strong academic experience, Achungo has been her haven from the harsh realities of poverty and Kenyan cultural practices. Jalayvone came to Achungo in Class 6 from Kabuoch, an area that’s extremely poor.  Few adults or children from … Continued