Patrick Kimani (Ex-prisoner)
I grew up in Dandora estate of Nairobi. I interacted and had friends who were either taking or selling drugs. Life was a mixture of odd happenings, as a teenager.
I joined Starehe Boys Center but was expelled due to my unbecoming behavior. I got in bad company and this landed me in prison. While at the Industrial Area Remand Prison I realized that education was the only key that would help me change my situation. I joined the primary section and sat for my KCPE and was among the top students in the Republic. I met Fr. Peter who used to come to the prison for spiritual nourishment and after various sessions, he advised me that the fear of the Lord was the beginning of wisdom. He promised me that he would liaise with his team and offer me a scholarship once I was out of prison.
True to his word, when I left the Prison, I met the Fr. Peter and the Faraja Team and besides paying School fees, they also took time to counsel me. I was taught that though I lived in a challenging environment, I had to make a decision and choose to make my future brighter. I went through secondary school and sat for my KCSE (Form four exams) and managed a straight A.
Thank you Faraja Team for having been there for me. Out of school for six years and have made a straight A, the sky is the limit. I now look forward to joining the University for a Degree in medicine and will give back to the community. God bless you all. I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m 100% sure it is not an oncoming train.