Orphaned girl to get full sponsorship
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has fully sponsored the education of an orphaned girl, Dorcas Mercy who scored 337 marks in 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in Kisumu.
The KFCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Ezekiel Mutua disclosed that Mercy was destined for Bishop Dinga high school in Ukambani courtesy of KFCB as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which targets talented youths from poor backgrounds.
Dr. Mutua made the revelation on Monday when he toured Manyatta Youth Development Centre in Kisumu County where Mercy has been supported through primary education.
The centre is renowned for its impact on content development at the point of creation prompting various partners to consider collaborating with them to help nurture young, budding talent and have them exposed to the global level.
“Art can change a nation as opposed to ugly incidents like stone throwing and other vices associated with youth unemployment but be turned around by engaging in meaningful income generating activities,” he observed.
Dr. Mutua pledged that KFCB has adopted the centre not only as part of its CSR but bringing Cinema Mashinani to the grassroots to help nurture abundant talent in the region.
He said KFCB was partnering with Manyatta Youth Development Centre for a greater impact without caring where such a resourceful institution was located to ensure its prosperity through heavily investing government resources to transform the lives of our youth.
KFCB was on a nationwide public sensitization campaign in Western and Nyanza, he stated, having been to Kisii University for a public lecture in collaboration with Kenya Youth Enterprise Fund.
“In Kakamega County, we teamed up with the church leadership to promote moral values. This was after we discovered that a lot of gambling activities was going on there, even among children,” he explained.
Dr. Mutua praised parents and religious leaders for having played a key role during such sensitisation, singling out Manyatta Youth Centre where the founder, Antony Obala played a pivotal role to support numerous talents.
He said KFCB has for example started the annual peace tournament at the centre which has been billed to attract a huge number of talented soccer players keen to pursue the sport to greater heights and become household names like Donald Mariga.
We anticipate using sports as a unifying factor with Manyatta as a special centre, he stated, adding “the beauty of our country is that you don’t have to be rich to undertake such a meaningful initiative to better the lives of our youth.
By Joseph Ouma