Mahlon comes from a family of 4. He has three sisters and is the only boy in the family. Mahlonís family was adversely affected after the post-election tribal violence that transpired in Kenya in early 2008. His family was forced to flee from a place they had known as home for many years. He stills shudders when he remembers the ugly incident where several people were killed in his community. He is trying to erase the traumatic times and focus on what is ahead of him. His father is HIV+ and does not have a job. Mahlonís mother is a casual laborer.
Mahlon comes from the Western part of Kenya. SA learned of Mahlonís situation through a casual worker at one of our partner schools. This workerís mother became a foster parent for Mahlon after the post-election violence.
Mahlon scored 403 marks out of 500 in the Kenya Certificate Primary Education, which earned him a place at Nairobi School, one of the top high schools in Kenya.
Mahlon has a great passion for God and he says that what is important for him is ďa peaceful environment where I can use my talents for the community around me and society as a whole.Ē
Mahlon aspires to be a role a model to several students whose stories are like his.