In collaboration with Develop Africa, we were fortunate to be able to make an impact in the lives of these brave girls who, despite facing adversity, had the determination to continue their education.
Meet Aminata, who was born in Kamawornie village in Northern Sierra Leone, Bombali District, Sella Limba Chiefdom—a village where many of the children don’t get to go to school because they have to work to support their families. Aminata is twenty-one years old and has four younger siblings. She lives with her uncle in Freetown to attend Fourah Bay College where after finishing her Diploma course in Gender and Development studies, she got admission to pursue her degree. Currently, she is in her third year of college. She is pursuing Gender and Development studies to become a gender advocate and start her own charity organization to help the victims of gender disparity
Salamatu was 13 when she lost her father in 2009. She and two of her siblings lived with her grandmother in the Western part of Freetown, a vulnerable community prone to flooding and other disasters. In 2018, she moved to a foster home after she got pregnant. In April 2021, Develop Africa and donors' mentoring platforms enabled her to attend girls' mentoring sessions on Entrepreneurship. Since then, Salamatu has been earning her living by selling processed ground Benni and ground pepper within her community. She currently lives with her 3-year-old son in a one-bedroom apartment. She is pursuing a Diploma in Public Sector Management at the IPAM University of Sierra Leone and is grateful to Ubuntu For Humanity for helping her pay for her college this year.
Roseline is seventeen and her dream is to become a lawyer to help fight for justice in her society. She and her five siblings have to get up very early just to fetch water from their community tap. Access to clean water supply and sustainable electricity in the community where she and her family live is challenging. She is a first-year student at the University of IMAT Sierra Leone, studying Human Resource Management.