By Vincent Gunde
About 37 needy secondary school girls in Dowa can now hope to complete their education after one of the local NGO, There Is Hope( TIH) vowed to pay their tuition fees as well as buy them school Uniform.
During one of the District executive council committee meeting held in Dowa recently, District Commissioner, Alex Mdooko, pleaded with NGOs implementing their various interventions in the district to consider sponsoring needy students to secondary school saying the council was overwhelmed and concerned with the number of parents asking for bursaries for their children.
The good gesture by There Is Hope(TIH) is coming at a time when it has concided with a letter from the Secretary for Education, Science and Technology, Justin Saidi dated 4th September, 2018 addressed to all Education Division Managers, headmasters of secondary schools and Community Day Secondary schools which reads in part….I write to advise you that you should delay the collection and receipt of tuition fees from students for the 2018/19 academic year.
Speaking during the girls orientation on the scholarships to the hosts community and refugees needy students which took place at Dzaleka camp in the district, the organization’s outreach coordinator, Caesar Nkhoma, advised the beneficiaries to work hard in their studies so that they achieve their dreams.
Nkhoma also advised the girls to be prayerful saying without God, they can not achieve what they want to excel in life.
One of the beneficiaries, Alinafe Masasa, said she lost her father some years ago and had lost hope of continuing with her education after getting selected to Bzyanzi Secondary School in the district.
Masasa thanked TIH for providing scholarships to needy students to enable them access secondary school education observing it is a lifetime investment any caring organization can make on an individual.
Concurring with Alinafe, her grandmother, Maria Banki, thanked God for the opportunity of free school fees saying the coming in of TIH is a relief to her and she see God in this.
In June, this year, the organisation also provided scholarships to 16 public and private university students to help them continue with their education.
There Is Hope( TIH) was founded by Innocent Magambi, a Burundian refugee who grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has lived in refugee camps for 28 years, besides providing scholarships to needy students, offers Bible and vocational skills courses at its Dzaleka campus in the district.