Over 12000 NG-CDF bursary applications were received in Limuru sub-county this year, the largest number ever since the launch of the fund.
Speaking to KNA at Limuru NG-CDF offices, Mrs Laboso Chepng’eno the Fund Manager attributed the scenario to adverse effects of Covid-19.
“When the application period started, we used print media and circulations in churches and chiefs offices as usual but we were surprised as per the first day people had lined up to over a kilometer stretch from our office waiting to make their submissions,” Chepng’eno said.
She added that they even had to ask for security enforcement from the police as the crowd was getting larger every hour, and rowdy as they attempted to jump the queue to be served.
“Officers from the Ministry of Health had to come to ensure social distance and police had to be called to make the rowdy crowd settle and maintain peace as some had come miles away to submit applications for their children,” she added.
With the high number of applicants amidst limited funds, Mrs. Chepng’eno admitted that it was a daunting task for them to deliver the final list of beneficiaries as they had to thoroughly scrutinize all applications.
“We had to use chiefs and assistant chiefs to help in identification of the neediest students and their sub-counties as we learnt that some applications were from other sub-counties,” she added.
She said out of the 12,000 bursary applicants a record 8,000 benefited