Wenrooney is a 9 year old boy whose father died when he was a baby. His mother does her best to provide a place to sleep and food to eat so an education will not be in Wenrooney’s future.
John Garang Otieno is in class 4 and wants to be a pilot. Although both parents are alive they have no means to care for John or his siblings so he is now living with his grandmother. John is getting old enough that he can no longer afford to miss school without it hindering his chance of one day going to high school.
Lydia Akinyi Tom is in class 2. Both parents are alive and are farmers. They are financially unstable and therefore unable to pay for her education.
Sam Morphart is in grade 3. Sam is the second born in a family of four siblings. He is a partial orphan left with his mother at a tender age. His mother struggles to make ends meet. Sam is a very good student but due to financial difficulties it is not easy for his mother to help him reach his academic goals.
Randy has five brothers and sisters. When his mother was giving birth to twins she experienced great difficulty and suffered lasting damage to her back preventing her from returning to work. His father tries to make ends meet by working in a store when needed.