A student in Kenya needs to sell his kidney to be able to further his education. Twenty-two-year old Daniel Wanje from Seahorse town in Kibarani ward, in Kilifi North Constituency said in an interview on Tuesday that he was prepared to sell his kidney at Sh2 million to join Mount Kenya University in September. “It is a decision I took after I realized that the abject poverty in our home would definitely deny me a chance of joining the University. I am ready and willing to sell one of my kidneys to enable me realize the dream of becoming a doctor,” said Mr Wanje.
He scored a mean grade of B+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 2015 at Ribe Boys High School and was first called at Karatina University to study Micro Biology but declined and insisted that he wanted to study medicine.
He later received a letter from Mount Kenya University, which made his dream of becoming a doctor come true.
“I have a bigger vision of accomplishing my dream as a doctor but the biggest challenge is to get funds to enable me join MKU in September, this year. The studies will take me six years to complete at a cost of Sh1.6 million. This is a lot of money that my family cannot raise,” he said.
He is now appealing to well-wishers, donors, county and national governments to help him achieve his education.
The sixth born boy said his efforts to seek assistance from his area ward representative have been fruitless.
“I have been to the Kilifi North constituency development offices but my efforts to speak to the area MP or the governor have been fruitless. I don’t know what to do,” he said.
His father Mzee Daniel Wanje had to seek a letter from the Deputy County commissioner to enable the young man source for funds from well-wishers.
The 57-year-old father of nine children said he is unable to pay the fees since he is poor and has other three children who are in Form Three.
“Things are really bad. Sometimes I look at my son and I shed tears. The young man looks promising but the future looks bleak. I am caught between my bright boy and the tribulations of life. Anyone who is able can assist me,” he said.
Kilifi County Human Right Activist Alex Mwanza said Wanje’s father approached him and explained to him the challenges he was facing.
“I advised him to seek a permit from the deputy county commissioner’s office to enable him collect funds from the well-wishers to enable his son to get the fees needed,” he said.