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Dreams of Education
Dreams of Education

Judith Wanjiru Karongo owns the Magnet High School situated in Ongata Rongai town. The mixed secondary school founded four years ago in her family living room seems to have grown in leaps and bounds within a very short time.
“Although I taught for a while…I always had a desire to build a school of my own,” she says. She started Magnet High School with one student. By the end of the first term she had seven girls boarding in the school. The institution opened its doors to boys in year two. By the end of the first term there were over 300 students.
“Being a teacher I wanted to leave a legacy behind and the best way to do this…was to set up a model school,” she says. Another factor was the inspiration she got from the KWFT.
Luckily for Judith, she owned a piece of land for her home. The school now stands there. KWFT has provided her with several loans to expand her school. “KWFT has really helped me,” she states. The school now has a student body of 430.
The institution employs sixteen teachers, including eight women. Through Karongo’s efforts she has transformed the lives of many youth and contributors to the area’s employment. She has encouraged the community to invest in the education of their children. Judith’s family expends uncountable energy and time in supporting the growth of the institution, which they are extremely proud of; her two children work there.
Judith is grateful to KWFT and is convinced without their assistance she could not have reached where she has today in building the institutions. “They have been so nice to me and I owe them a lot. Even the staff of KWFT are a wonderful lot. They treat customers with enormous amount of respect.”

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