Rahim in UB campus
Through your donations and the Orphanage support, Rahim has been able to continue to receive educational support. He continues to attend to some basic needs like payment of handouts in school, electricity bills and feeding.
Last week we went down to University of Buea to interview him to follow up on his situation. His grades have not been perfect and he will have to write again a few subjects, which is probably connected to his constant struggle to manage with the few resources we are providing for him, most days he eats the same thing, rice and tomato. He struggles to get through small payments (handouts, 2 dollars) and subsists on less than 40 dollars a month, slightly above the 1 dollar a day figure.
This are some of the contents of that interview:
What are your perspectives for the future, what would you like to be doing after your degree?
After getting my degree on Geography if I can save enough money I hope I can continue to a Master’s Degree. I would like to specialize myself on Urban Town Planning.
Whatever occupation I have I will have to assist my brothers and sisters at the orphanage as much as I can, at least to the point that every child there should have something going. I will always remain connected to my home.
What is your favorite thing about life as a student in UB?
The atmosphere is nice and it’s serious. The lecturers are serious. Especially on exam times everything is hard work.
What is the hardest part of life as a student in UB?
The issue of my feeding, as our schedule can run very long going back to the house and cooking late at night is exhausting, you get to the end of the day exhausted, especially on Mondays and Tuesdays. I don’t eat outside I cannot afford it. Every day I eat my rice and tomato.
How is your normal day-to-day life? What do you do on your leisure times?
Well we don’t really get much time, I have class from Monday to Saturday, on Sunday I prepare for next week lectures.
Do you keep in close contact with the orphanage? What can you tell us about them?
They have a problem right now as the roof is leaking and they need to fix it. They are renting farms to support themselves. There are 26 kids, 5 of them around my age the majority of them from 1 to 12 years old.
What would you like to say to the people who are supporting you?
God will bless all of them and he is seeing the support and will not leave them empty
I’m happy, all of you people have done so much, those donating and those in the office, and I’ll work hard to bring results to present.
In front of Social Managment Sciences faculty