Like so many children born into extreme poverty, Stella longed for an education her parents simply could not afford. Unable to pay the school fees, Stella was in danger of being kicked out of class.
In a desperate attempt to better her life, Stella worked extremely long hours in the fields, often going without food, just so she could fund her education. Unfortunately, she struggled to make ends meet and feared her expulsion was imminent. One day, the list of the students unable to pay the school fees was read out loud. Watching her classmates get dismissed one by one, Stella waited to hear her name.
Miraculously, it did not come. Unknown to her, Stella’s housemaster had been so impressed with her hard work and dedication that he had nominated her for the Lifeline Scholarship Fund supported by Cooleraid.
Resisting her relative’s pleas to marry, Stella enrolled onto our vocational training scheme in 2010 with a wish to become a nurse. We are so please to say that the hard work paid off and Stella is now fully qualified.
We caught up with Stella, who is now working in the Lifeline Clinic in Namisu, who told us how much the Lifeline Scholarship Fund has changed her life.
“Thank you Lifeline. You have made me look the way I look, dress the way I dress, and eat the way I am eating,” she revealed. “I hope and believe that I will fulfil my ambition which is to be a Hospital Matron or a lecturer in Nursing College.”
To find out more about the Lifeline Scholarship Fund please contact John Searle on 01223 276710.