David

is now a Law Advisor and MSc student

‘From those to whom much is given much is required': to the boys and girls at Starehe School, this is more than just a motto; it's a way of life.

In January 1994 and soon took this philosophy to heart. He excelled in his studies, became a Prefect and, by the time he sat his secondary exams, was a respected House Captain and member of the School Cabinet. David also chaired the Music Club and played in the Starehe Marching Band. And he gave up his holidays to serve for free at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.

My love for Starehe is immense.

This passion for learning, music and public service has never left David. And neither too, has a keen sense of how different his life might have been.

Two of David’s brothers are alcoholics; addicted to fatally unhealthy local brews. Many of his contemporaries are still living in the slums. Some are infected with HIV; others work back-breaking hours in the local quarry, earning just enough to feed their children one meal a day.

David is well aware of how fortunate he has been:

“I am a proud ‘old boy’ - and extremely grateful. And by changing my life, Starehe has changed many others.”

Now David wants Starehe to grow and “continue producing competent people for Kenya - and the world.”

After completing a National Diploma in Computer Studies at Starehe, David studied Law at the University of Sheffield, and on graduating, he found himself more able to help his family.

“ My brother's son is soon to be a father, so I am soon to be a Great Uncle! My surviving sister has 10 children (due to religious beliefs against contraceptives) and I am taking care of two of them. Two other children from my two dead sisters are also under my care. They are all looking up to me for support.”

David’s philanthropy doesn’t just extend to his own family. He also supports a charity that sends musical instruments and volunteers to Starehe. And for the past two years he has been visiting a school near Manchester to give inspirational talks to young people.

My ‘thank you’ is in enabling others to enjoy the same foundation.

“The lesson I learned at Starehe fulfils the Chinese saying” says David; “if you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”
Picture of david Kisaky Today, I am schooling, housing and feeding 15 members of my family in Kenya. I could not have done this if I had ended up working in a quarry, excavating rocks in 25 to 30-degree heat for 10 hours a day, for a wage of just £2. Yet, before Starehe, that quarry was my ‘career’ destination. - David, Starehe student ‘94 - ’99

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