In a country where less than 10% of children from rural areas are enrolled in secondary school (2010), it was almost inconceivable that Kudra Mwakitema, from Tanzania, could aspire to becoming a lawyer.
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, where children spend an average of just 8 years of their life in school. This only takes them up to the second form in secondary school. The odds were thus already heavily stacked against Kudra, but her situation became even worse.
Kudra belonged to a family of 8. Her parents had 6 children. Kudra is the second youngest with a younger brother. She also has 2 older sisters and 2 older brothers. When she was just 2 years old, her father died in a road accident. This tragedy was a great shock to the family and left Kudra’s mother, Halima to look after herself and her 6 children on her own. Adding to their pain was the loss of their possession. Virtually all they had was taken by her father’s relatives, including the house where they lived. Uneducated, unemployed and homeless, Halima struggled to provide for her children, who went to bed hungry most days. As secondary school education is not free in Tanzania, Kudra and her siblings were unable to attend because Halima could not afford to pay their school fees.
A friend of Halima’s took the family in and tried to help her find some form of work to support her and her children, but to no avail. In despair, Halima moved herself and her children from their village to Tanga town, in the hope of a better life for her family. It was at this point that Kudra was introduced to ACT and, at 13, received sponsorship along with one of Her older brothers. She resumed her studies, completed primary school and gained admission to secondary school. ACT support lifted the burden of school fees which was a relief to Halima.
Kudra completed secondary school and gained admission to study law at University of Dar es Salaam and hopes to graduate this year. She hopes to utilise her profession to fight injustice and help poor and disadvantaged people get justice. ACT also sponsors her older brother, Rajabu, who is also studying at the University of Dar es Salaam.
Unfortunately, there are many similar stories like Kudra’s. We at ACT believe that it is the right of every child to receive an education as it is an assured route out of poverty.
Child sponsorship allows a child to fulfil their potential and also lifts families out of poverty. With your support, ACT can ensure that many more success stories like Kudras’ become commonplace.
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