Gloria has had a difficult life. She has a daughter who is already 7 years old. Gloria’s father passed away at a young age and her mother had to go door-to-door to scrounge up what little money she could to feed her family. Her mother often did not have enough money to pay for school fees, which resulted in long periods of time where Gloria and her sister were out of school.
After giving birth, Gloria focused on finding employment to support her family and she did not think she could ever return to school. Unfortunately, she found little work--and none of what she found could pay her bills. Even many of the lowest level jobs required grade 9 results but Gloria had dropped out of school in grade 8. Thankfully a friend told her about programs for young mothers at the Lubuto Model Library.
Gloria completed a 3-month family literacy program at the Model Library, which taught her how to read and write. After completing this program, she joined the Lubuto mentoring program and received a scholarship to go back to school.
Now in grade 11, Gloria is looking forward to completing her secondary school studies and becoming a nurse. And we are committed to giving her all the tools she needs to graduate.
“I am not the only one who dropped out of school. We are so many…. My advice to my friends is don’t give up no matter what,” says Gloria.
Gloria has turned a corner and now has a bright future thanks to her drive, caring and nurturing library staff, and scholarship support from friends like you. Although Covid-19 has impacted schooling in Zambia significantly, the scholarship program continues to transform lives. 23 girls are now receiving secondary school scholarships and we will continue to support them through graduation!
Please donate now to help us raise the scholarship funds necessary to support 13 Zambian girls all the way through their educations!
Leah is a 19 year old orphan whose parents died of HIV/AIDS. Because of the stigma of HIV/AIDS in her society, nobody would help her with her school funding, and she became a house maid to make money. After a friend invited her to the Lubuto Model Library, she applied to the scholarship program and was accepted.
Recognizing the importance of education in a successful life, Leah said, "School is important... especially to a girl child. Through school you can become a doctor, president, nurse, lawyer, etc." Without your help, girls like Leah would not have the opportunity to complete school and get on track to having a successful life.
The scholarship program provides school supplies, books, uniforms, and sanitary supplies to its recipients. $1,500 is needed by NEXT WEEK to support Leah and 12 other girls through the 2021 school year. Donate now to support their educations!
Rachel, a Zambian girl whose family couldn't support her education, was selected for the scholarship program in 2017. When selected, she regained hope of becoming a nurse when the possibility of returning to and graduating from school became a reality.
Along with paving the way for her own successful future, Rachel is hopeful that she will be able to give her child a better education than she had. "I don't want my child to lack anything. I'll make sure I get educated and get a decent job."
The scholarship program provides school supplies, books, uniforms, and sanitary supplies to its recipients. $1,500 is needed by January 22nd to support Rachel and 12 other girls through the 2021 school year. Donate now to support their educations!
Like many girls in Zambia, Leah is passionate about education, but she often missed school because her family couldn't afford sanitary napkins. Through the Lubuto scholarship program, and because of all generous donors, Leah and 52 other girls no longer have to miss school. Her scholarship not only provides full tuition for the duration of secondary school, but also uniforms, shoes, books and sanitary napkins. She now has the tools to succeed.
40 of the girls who received scholarships have finished school--there are now only 13 girls still in secondary school, and your donations will allow them to finish their educations and have successful lives.
$1,500 is needed by January 22nd to support these girls through the 2021 school year. Donate now to help these girls acheive their dreams!
Thank you for believing that girls deserve every opportunity that boys have, and for making sure that they are not left behind!
"Being a scholarship recipient has restored my dreams of completing my education. I joined when I was in grade 11 and now I am in my final grade (12). I am eager to complete my secondary school and see what the next chapter of my life has in store for me...I am so grateful for this opportunity and I hope that you can continue to support other girls remaining on the program."
The scholarship program at Lubuto provides school fees, notebooks, shoes, sanitaty napkins, school uniforms, stationary supplies, and everything else girls like Sarah need to succeed. To make sure that the girls continue to be supported, the scholarships are offered through the time the 53 girls graduate. They are empowered to follow their dreams thanks to your generosity.
In order to support these girls through graduation, and to offer scholarships to additional girls in Zambia’s Southern Province, we now only need $150 more. Please consider donating to keep these girls in school and give them all the tools they need to succeed.
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