Tamia - 13 years old, Grade 8
“Education is the only sure way out of poverty” - Tamia
Tamia constantly worries about being forced to drop out of high school to the point where she gets ill and now suffers from panic attacks.
A few months ago, Tamia Robinson's mother contacted the Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) requesting emergency help to keep her brilliant, 13-year-old daughter in school. Tamia had been removed from high school in rural Jamaica, because her cancer-stricken mother was unable to pay the remainder of her school fee! Exams had started at the school and this smart child was sitting at home, unable to attend! Tamia’s mother had to leave her job due to illness with cancer and used all her savings to pay for medical treatment and a portion of girl's school fee and school supplies.
Tamia is an "A" student and needed to get back into 8th grade immediately. Just one week prior to the school removal notice, Tamia had received an award for "Outstanding Academic Performance" for the 2010-2011 year!
The CEF team was in a difficult position, because we had already awarded our 2011 student scholarships and funds were exhausted.
Due to the generosity of donors, CEF was able to quickly raise the balance of school fee so that Tamia could re-enter high school! We wired the funds directly to the high school and paid the school fee balance. Tamia is now back in school and excelling. We are happy to report she is still an "A" Student and on track to make Honor Roll!
Tamia has always been an excellent student. In 2010, Tamia passed her Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) from Mount Airy All Age School. She was the top student for the GSAT at her school, and was awarded a place at Hampton School for Girls. On November 20th, 2011, Tamia received a Gold Certificate from her school for Outstanding Performance for the school year 2010-2011.
Tamia has had to board on school campus, as Hampton High is located in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica and she lives in another parish.
For the first year at Hampton School, Tamia’s mother was able to manage okay financially, as she was employed and received some assistance from Tamia's absent father. In November 2010, Tamia’s mother was diagnosed with Leukemia and due to her deteriorating health condition, she had to stop working. During all of this, the father disappeared and his minor financial assistance was cut off. Tamia's mother is constantly ill and the cancer medication is costing her every penny.
Tamia's grandmother used to operate a small cook shop business, in which she occasionally assisted the family with school funds and food. However, several months ago, the cook shop had to close, because her grandmother fell severely ill with Diabetes and Hypertension. As a result, Tamia and her two siblings have been unable to attend school regularly. Basic necessities such as food and toiletries have become hard to obtain. Utilities have been cut off frequently. Tamia constantly worries about being forced to drop out of school to the point where she gets ill and now suffers from panic attacks. Tamia says, “I am a hardworking and a disciplined individual who knows that education is the only sure way out of poverty.”
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Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc.
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