Wednesday, May 10, 2023 –A primary school teacher in Narok North has warmed hearts of many Kenyans after she was captured hand-sewing a uniform of a little pupil at Syiapei Primary School.
The photo which has since attracted well-wishers among them businessman Mike Mbuvi Sonko, has left the country divided over the state of poverty affecting many families in the country.
“Watu wangu, imagine sijalala poa coz of this pic which I saw of a young girl from siyiapei primary school, Narok county with a torn dress circulating on social media. I need details of this school or her parents contacts I just want to buy her 5 sets of school uniforms, rubber shoes, official school shoes, her food and school shopping for at least 6months and clear any of her outstanding school fees,” Sonko promised.
In the picture, a motherly Joyce Malit is seen sewing the 8-year-old grade 2 pupil’s dress, as she stands by, wrapped in a lesso, waiting for her teacher to finish the repairs.
Malit, aged 56, is a mother of three who has been teaching for the last 34 years and who has a lot to share on the state of living in their area.
She told Citizen Digital that her passion in teaching is made stronger by her high-level daily interactions with learners.
It emerged that, on the day she was captured sewing the child’s uniform, it had been torn by a nail on the desk which widely exposed her undergarment in class. The teacher had to act and save her from the shame.
The teacher’s colleague identified as Sabina Esho, managed to cover the little girl with her lesso as the uniform was on repair.
“My colleague by chance, had carried along her lesso and helped cover the little girl for sometime,” the teacher stated.
It would be established that the minor comes 2 kilometers away from the school and not helping sew her dress would have been a bad gesture from the side of the teachers.
The teacher revealed that this is not the first instance, there have been so many others and that is why she has been walking around with a sewing needle together with thread.
Asked about the viral photo and if it had been stage-managed, the teacher only smiled and said she had no idea what a viral photo brings with it and, therefore, never anticipated any reaction from the public when this happened.