Another cohort of 16 more students drawn from various locations in Elgeyo Marakwet arrived in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday, May 29, 2022, for a study mission initiated by Governor Alex Tolgos.
This is the second group that is part of 100 students flagged off by the governor in Iten two weeks ago.
They left Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Sunday 29, 2022, at around 1:30 AM for Helsinki through Doha, Qatar, where they connected flight to Helsinki, Finland.
The elated students, the majority of whom were boarding an airplane for the first time, were so excited and their journey overseas was an awesome trip.
Dennis Murkomen, 19, from Kasige village, Endo ward, Marakwet East constituency is among the traveling students who shared a testimony upon his arrival in Helsinki, Sunday evening.
“This is a dream that has come true to me and I am so grateful to the Almighty God. We are going to work hard and live to our expectations,” said Murkomen.
Another student, Oprah Jeptanui, 22, from Chepteran village, Kaptarakwa Ward in Keiyo South said everything to her was exciting.
“Being a beneficiary of this amazing program organized by our county government, I am so excited to be starting my studies this week here in Metropolia, Finland,” said Jeptanui moments after her arrival in Europe.
They will join 14 other students from the Philippines who have been enrolled to undertake a degree course in nursing at the Metropolia University of Applied Science in Helsinki.
The Students’ airlifting program is a partnership between the County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet and Finland Institutions, whose objective, governor Tolgos says, was not only to enable the learners to acquire education but also to explore employment opportunities in the international job market.
The partnership has ensured the students get subsidized costs and linkages to the job opportunities in Europe.