My name is Roseline Nambazo from Teputepu Village. I am a student at the Malawi College of Medicine studying to earn a bachelor’s degree in the medicine of surgery. As a girl raised in the village, my life has been difficult as far as school is concerned. In my community, people believe that girls do not have to go to school to be successful. They consider household chores like collecting water, firewood, and going to the farms to be more important. These chores made it very hard for me to concentrate on my education because I did not have enough time to study. On top of that, there was no encouragement from my family at all.
Despite all the challenges, I continued to work very hard and was accepted into a national secondary school. I was able to live at this secondary school, allowing me to focus on studying instead of chores. Living at the school helped but challenges were still there, especially with finances. My father struggled to pay for my school fees. At one point, I was even sent home due to the unmet payments. Luckily enough, I was able to graduate from secondary school. I worked with the mindset that challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. All my hard work paid off. I was the top scholar that year and received the Malawi School Certificate Of Education.
My academic performance allowed more doors to open from other institutions for college. Unfortunately, with little resources, I was unable to do this on my own. I thought it would be wise to ask for help from Villages in Partnership and by God’s grace, I was considered to be one of the students selected for a scholarship. I do not take it for granted. Today, I am studying to become a doctor thanks to the love from VIP.
I extend my gratitude to the VIP family. May God continue blessing you so that you may bless others through the help of God’s power “For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37.
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