“If you choose me, I promise to work my hardest to succeed.”
Christine Mupeseni comes from a rural agricultural area. She is hearing-impaired and mute. When Christine was brought to our offices by her mother, she had been helped by a Catholic Sister who had recently left the country, taking with her Christine’s hopes for the future. She was attending an overburdened and understaffed special school here in Kasama, and, upon completing our educational assessments, we were surprised to find that this grade 6 girl was unable to read or compute basic math. We sought out an opportunity for her at a better-funded and resourced school in a neighboring district where she is flourishing, the second highest performing in her class.
“I really want to be on scholarship, with no support coming from my family, you are the only hope I have.”
Catherine first came to know our program through our weekend life skills clubs for girls. She is high achieving and hopes to become a doctor. Unfortunately, Catherine lives in a home where her Step Father shows favor on his biological children and makes Catherine do the bulk of the work. He has taken out multiple loans and financially crippled the family. We hope to bring Catherine into a boarding environment so she can focus on her studies and pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor.
Theresa is the last born of seven children. Her family supports itself by farming, and Theresa is the first in her family to have been given the opportunity to study at a school in town. She was brought to our program by one of her teachers who fought hard for her space on scholarship, knowing that Theresa is a young woman of determination and potential. She hopes to be a teacher one day so that she can support her large family and her elderly father, who has Tuberculosis.
“After losing my Mom and then my Father, life was terrible for me and my siblings. I have a problem with my leg which began when I was 14 years old. It causes me great challenges when walking. I was living in an orphanage before the Bakashana boarding house. I want to succeed so I can be an example for girls to make them understand that one or two problems can’t make your life end.”