Grantees Seeking Sponsors
“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.
After Joan’s father left when her youngest brother was only two months old, her Mother has supported Joan and her siblings through her humble tailoring business. She sews uniforms out of their one-room house. We chose Joan because of her steadfast determination to be educated. She graduated from primary school number one in her class of more than three hundred and has continued to impress us with her academic prowess. He mother is very commited to ensuring that Joan has a brighter future with greater income potential than she has. Joan has ambitions to be an electrical engineer, and looking at this little one, we believe she can do it! Help her believe in herself!
Elizabeth is currently in Grade 10. When she is not away at school, she stays with her mother in a compound on the outskirts of Kasama. She and her mother, who is also albino, face many challenges living in Northern Zambia. Not only is the sun often unforgiving but there are also cultural biases against people with albinism, and they are often mistakenly associated with witchcraft and bad spirits. Elizabeth has risen above these challenges, seeing education as her path to a brighter future for herself and her family. She aspires to be a nurse.
“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.
Regina will complete high school in 2020. She lost her father in 2016 and her Mother, failing to take care of the family alone, sent Regina to live with an Auntie deep in the village. Regina relentless fought for sponsorship from our program, often walking more than 1 ½ hours to fill out applications and bring proper documents. She currently is studying at PEAS academy but is renting a grass thatched house nearby while she waits for sponsorship to live in the Boarding House.
““I want to help poor people. Sometimes poor people have to work too hard, and I see my people suffering and I feel very bad.”
Priscilla will complete high school in 2023. Her Mother supports her and her three younger siblings by farming and gardening, but it is difficult for her to manage to pay school fees. Priscilla wrote a very high score on her national exam and her mother walks 7 miles to and from their home to our offices three times a year to bring us Priscilla’s report form. When she finishes school she wishes to become a teacher.
“When I finish school I would like to work in the government so I can help people who are suffering. Like what you did for me. My lovely friend, don’t forgive up, just continue to help us.”
Sara will complete high school in 2021. She lives in a rural village with her Mother and siblings. For the last three years she has met with an English group in her community every Saturday, with the hopes of improving her fluency. She works diligently in school and is very outgoing. She enjoys playing netball and wishes to one day work for the government.
“I am requesting for your assistance because I need to be in school that is the only way I can help to reduce poverty levels in my family as well as in my nation.”
“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.”
“I have always dreamed of being in a boarding school, I promise to try my hardest to make you and my Grandmother very proud.”
“Please help me in one way or another, I want to be somebody in the future and have a bright future as other people do.”
Vanessa will complete high school in 2020. She likes relating with people and eating and laughing! She lost her Father at a young age and her Mother struggles to support the family.
“I am staying with my mother, six sisters, and four brothers. My father left us because of the big number of the family and blamed my mother for lack of family planning.”
Violet comes from a big family. She has always been the leader in her family, though she is one of the younger ones. She pursued the Bakashana offices tirelessly seeking assistance. Now we have agreed to help her follow her dreams, and seek a sponsor to lead the way!