Edwin Ayayo’s Inspiring Story:
A Blessing for Kenya
Edwin Ayayo was born Feb. 27, 1991 in Nairobi, Kenya. He was the fourth out of five children born in a close-knit family filled with love. His father taught in a primary school and his mother worked as a farmer. At the young age of 10, his father died, followed by his mother’s death only three months later. He moved in to live with his 90-year-old grandmother who unfortunately died two years later.
Life became very difficult at age 12 being all on his own. Edwin temporarily moved in with an older brother living in Nairobi, but there was not enough money to sustain everyone so he was forced to return to his childhood home. There at age 15, he lived alone and grew / sold kale in the village in order to just survive.
Edwin applied and received a sponsoring family that allowed him to pursue a high school education. But before he could finish high school, that family and a subsequent one had to drop out of the program and discontinue help. My wife and I were Edwin’s third sponsoring family and we were able to help him attend college. In 2015 Edwin earned a BS degree that enables him to provide medical support while not being a fully specialized physician.
Since graduation, Edwin has been providing medical service in rural areas and hospitals, sometimes having to walk 30 minutes one-way on dirt roads and enduring many months without any compensation.
Edwin’s dream has always been to become a fully certified doctor in Kenya. He is especially interested in specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology so that he can help the large number of Kenyan women who struggle for any support in a country with a severe shortage of such doctors. The degree that would enable Edwin to become an OBGYN doctor in Kenya is called a Bachelor of Science in Medicine and Surgery and requires an additional five years of training.
The degree would cost $26,000 total for the five years duration.
This young man has been through a remarkable ordeal. That he has endured is amazing, let alone excelling in his studies and completing a technical college degree. Edwin is a steadfast Christian and he has remained a non-wavering, close relationship with God throughout his journey.
Edwin has the unique opportunity to help save literally thousands of Kenyans, particularly women. My wife and I believe in Edwin and his dream. We created this “Go Fund Me” account and donated the initial $1000 toward the goal (in consideration of the financial support that we have been providing for the last several years). Thank you for reading this and we hope that you too will be inspired to help Edwin provide love and care to thousands of Kenyans.
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