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Mombasa: Young boy pictured doing homework using street light receives help

A young boy in Mombasa County who was pictured doing his school assignment under street lights because  there is no source of power at their home has received help.

The young boy was identified as Salim Khamisi by Emmanuel Mbaji Mruu, who shared the photos online and revealed that he is a grade six student at the Jola Urabi Primary in Shanzu Mtwapa.

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“I saw a zeal, I saw a great person in him. Can we help this brain?” pleaded Mruu.

Khamisi opted to do his homework under the street lights because he comes from a financially unstable family that is unable to afford electricity tokens.

Mruu disclosed that the boy lives with his mother and an uncle. His mother is jobless while his uncle is a struggling mason.

According to Mruu the small family lives in a rented house that has lamps which must be paid KSh 135 daily to have the lights on.

Kenyans of goodwill who came across the story were touched by the boy’s resilience and zeal for education and promised to help him.

Already, a good number of well-wishers have commenced a drive and hopes to manage raise funds that would help the boy proceed with his education.

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The well-wishers have plans to purchase a solar panel and a battery for the family and make it simpler for the boy to study and do his homework at home and worry less about tokens.

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