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In deze rubriek houden we je op de hoogte van wat speelt binnen onze foundation. Dat kan van alles zijn, zoals over de campagnes die we voeren, over donaties en schenkingen in natura, bestuurlijke aangelegenheden. Hier kun je alle recente berichten teruglezen.
Studiebeurs / scholarship
Learn! ondersteunt 10 jongeren met een studiebeurs. Dankzij ROBA, die hier jaarlijks geld voor beschikbaar stelt, hebben zij een échte kans om uit de armoede te komen. Onze lokale partner heeft frequent contact met de leerlingen. We lichten er één uit, omdat het zo'n representatief verhaal is. Het verhaal van Billson (opgetekend door Jacque van LIBA) staat onderaan deze pagina.
De 10 jongeren die wij ondersteunen zitten op verschillende scholen en in verschillende klassen (F betekent Form > klas ). Wij willen ze graag even voorstellen:
1. Mghendi Emmanual at Kilifi Township (F3)
2. Stella Sidi Kazungu at Kombeni girls (F3)
3. Michael Said Musa at St. Marys high school (F2)
4. Getrude Choni Mwangome (at Bahari girls school F1)
5. Elviner Zawadi Ngaliani (at Bahari girls school F2)
6. Kelis Furaha Harrison (at Bahari girls F2)
7. Billson Ziro (at Ganze Boys Secondary F2)
8. Prisca Kadzo, Ganze Girls (F2 )
9. Alfred Ali Changawa (See Breeze senior school F3)
10. John Kiraga (Kilifi mixed school) (F3)
Alfred Ali Changawa Billson Ziro (r)
Gertrud, Elviner en Kelis Billson,his father and Fridah
Alfred Ali Changawa
The Story of Billson Ziro Ngowa and how Learn! Foundation has given him a new chance at school to realise his dream.
Meet a 23 yrs old young man in form 2 and determined to stay in school and complete school. At his age, he ought to have finished university but life struggles have overwhelmed him..
Frida and I met Billson when we went to Ganze to deliver sanitary napkins to a school. He was my Motorbike rider (famously here known as boda boda riders) and as we rode around thorny bushes and rough road to get to 2 schools, we talked a lot about many things and life. Then he mentioned to me
"Madam, I am student”. After inquiring why he was a boda boda rider and he ought to be in school, he shared with me his difficult life and how he wants to complete school. He narrated how he has asked to go home and collect school fee and he has been on the boda boda for 3 weeks before we met and he had so far raised Ksh 1000.
Billson comes from a polygamous family. His father is very old (90 years!) and sick. The sister who assisted him in primary, became sick (she had a mental problem for many years) so Billson had to learn to survive the hard way. He told me, how he has repeated primary school 3 times at class 8 because he could not afford to join form one of the secondary school.
Finally his parents sold their only family cow to enable him join high school and after joining school, he had difficulties raising school fees. He was on and off and did odd jobs like painting the school blocks, digging pit latrines at the school and cutting firewood in the village and selling it to school.
The school would then convert the labour into school fees. He did not give up. His determination to continue with school and raise his own fees is what has made him still remain in school.
LIBA -through support from Learn! Foundation- reaches out to hard working disadvantaged children to help them complete school through a scholarship program. Billson went back to school mid last term and he resumes school this new school term of September excited and hopeful about future prospects.