With no hope to receive an education, Loumo Lillian was left to “waste away” simply because she was orphan.
Loumo is the third child in a family of five. Her father passed in 2011 and her mother developed mental disorders, which made her incapable of caring for her children. Unable to pay for school fees, Lillian dropped out of Nadunget Secondary school in 2013. Now, the 17-year-old girl is happy to be in school again, currently in Senior Three.
With IIRR’s Giving Girls a Second Chance initiative under the education programme, scholarships are offered to gifted but disadvantaged children to further their education. The project works to improve the academic performance of girls by hiring more teachers and improving girl participation in extra-curricular activities. The project enhances parents and District stakeholders’ monitoring of school programs. Lillian is among the 15 girls who benefited from the project.
“I have benefited from IIRR’s direct scholarship. I have no worries paying school fees now. This gave me the opportunity to work hard and I took the first position in class last year. I have continued to work hard and I want to be a doctor when I finish school. Being in school has helped me to interact with other girls through the school clubs. This has helped me gain self-confidence. I was trained with the rest of the girls to make my own sanitary pads so I don’t have to worry when I don’t have money to buy from the shop. I have received two goats, which are being taken care of by my brother. When I sell them, I can raise income for my school needs. I have learned skills in bakery through holiday programs, and I make local bread at home for sale. I am able to sew different garments, which we sell to raise an income. With IIRR’s assistance, my future is bright.”