“I was born in 1997. My parents died when I was just six months old. I grew up and started school in eastern province. In grade nine, I got pregnant and dropped out. The man who got me pregnant denied he had been responsible.
After I had stayed out of school for three years, my family members refused to support me in completing my education. I had no option other than to look for a job, in order to sustain my life and that of my son. Even though it was not an easy journey, I managed to survive.
I moved from one place to another, looking for jobs. As I was searching, I came across some people who told me about the DREAMS project. I got interested, and in July 2017, I joined the program. I started with Family Literacy, with a group of other young mothers. Over three months, I learned how to read and write. Then I moved to the mentoring program.
Last November, I applied for the scholarship program. The competition was stiff, but fortunately I was among the 25 girls who were selected to go back to school. As I am speaking now, I am in school and doing very well in my academic activities. I want to complete my studies and pursue a career in nursing.”
*This story was published in DREAMS Innovation Challenge: Silence Speaks- Youth Stories