Joshua grew up in Kibera, the largest urban slum in the African continent. He and his four siblings were raised by his single mother, who worked odd jobs like washing clothes to earn a living for her family. None of Joshua's older siblings finished primary school because his family could not afford their fees.
But Joshua was determined not to follow the same pattern and often worked in a dangerous quarry in order to raise money for his own school fees. "Knowing Jesus gave me hope for a future,” he said. It was often the only thing he could rely on.
After graduating from high school Joshua knew he wanted to attend Daystar University, but did not know where he would find the resources. "I wanted a university where I could build the right attitude towards life and all that it entails."
Joshua's dreams became a reality when was awarded a scholarship from Daystar U.S. Last month he wrote a letter to our office and he wanted us to share it with the donors who made his education possible:
Joshua chose to study Electronic Media and Public Relations saying, “Most professionals use communication to gain and satisfy their personal interest.” But Joshua wants to use his degree to be a blessing to others. “I want to build a better world,” he said. “I feel God has directed me to play such a role because I find delight in doing so.”
Joshua grew up in one of the worst slums in Kenya and in just a few weeks he will graduate from one of the most renowned universities in the region. This would not have been possible without the support of donors in the United States.
We are thrilled that Joshua, along with 27 other scholarship students, will graduate in July; however, this year we are behind our fundraising goal. Will you please give a gift now to help ensure more students like Joshua will have access to the live-changing education Daystar University offers? Our programs cannot continue without your support.