We rise by helping others
by Hadija Hassan
The young women who graduate from AfricAid’s Kisa Project have a tremendous track record of being accepted to universities. Over 95% go on to advanced study, which is remarkable in a country where less than 5% of women attain this level of education. For some Kisa Alumnae, however, the cost of college is beyond their family’s reach.
After all their hard work in secondary school, we want to ensure that Kisa Scholars can continue on the path to a career. For this reason, we established the AfricAid Scholarship Fund. The scholarship covers a certain percentage of the student’s tuition fee, depending on the need and necessity.
For the academic year 2016-17, AfricAid received 65 scholarship applications and 52 Alumnae were awarded the AfricAid Scholarship. The remaining applicants were not awarded a scholarship because they found other resources to cover their full tuition fee at the beginning of the year when AfricAid was still in the process of going through the application forms.
Amina Badi is among the Kisa Alumnae who applied for a Kisa Scholarship. Amina is in her second year of university pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy and dreams of becoming an accountant. “In my dream I would like to see all young girls and women more independent and being able to fulfill their goals. I believe that the Kisa Scholarship will help me to fulfill my dream of helping others in the future”, said Amina on the day she submitted her application forms to our office.
This year AfricAid awarded scholarships to Kisa Alumnae who are doing either diplomas or degrees in a broad range of different courses: Law, Education, Banking and Finance, Clinical Officer, Procurement and Logistics, Mechanical Engineering, Public Relations and Marketing, Psychology, Health System Management and Medical Laboratory Sciences.
When Evelyn Mathew was told that she had been awarded a scholarship, she said “this is my last year in college; AfricAid has been supporting me since I joined university and I must say that they have really helped me in achieving my dreams of becoming a lawyer. I promise that once I finish my studies, I will use the knowledge I have to help people by providing proper assistance and true justice”.
AfricAid wishes all the scholarship recipients all the best for their studies and achieving their future goals.