Michael Nyambura, once a homeless teenager who helped me win the trust of the street children and film their stories, has earned provisional admission to St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
I first met Mike next to the slaughterhouse at the Dagoretti Market outside Nairobi in the summer of 2000 after he had been forced to drop out of school and found himself homeless. He worked tirelessly as my translator and guide and submitted to extensive interviews about HIV and life on the streets. Students from Connecticut College helped raise money to send Mike back to school where he later ranked third in his class.
After seeing Left Behind on campus, two students at St. Joe's U. traveled to Nairobi to volunteer helping AIDS orphans and sought out Mike. They encouraged him to apply to college in the United States, and when they returned to campus, helped persuade the university to give him a chance. Mike has been granted provisional acceptance and a scholarship at St. Joe's, and his supporters are raising money for transportation, books and other costs he will face as a student in America.
Viewers who would like to help Mike take advantage of this amazing opportunity can contact Mark Orrs at admissions who is setting up Mike's fund. Mark can be reached at: email@example.com.