Mum is Able to Support Us to Go to School


Mum is Able to Support Us to Go to School

By Didir Nagifi

Henriette, a 13-year-old sponsored child in the 7th year at secondary school, is the eldest of a family of 4 girls in DR Congo.

Before, her parents were going through hard times, her father didn't have a job and her mother, being a disabled person, couldn't do anything. They had no one to help and had a hard time living. Henriette and her sisters often got sick, and they were also kicked out of school because the parents did not pay the school fees. In the 4th grade, Henriette stopped studying because her parents did not have the money. Their house was not as good as their current one. When it rained, the house leaked. As for food, they only ate in the evening.

One day, in 2016, Henriette’s mother Constantine took part in a savings group training organised by World Vision, in their home. The training was especially for disabled people. As soon as it was over, Constantine decided to join a savings group of people living with disabilities where she is now the president. At the end of their first cycle, Constantine had saved 120,000 Congolese francs (US$60). This money allowed her to send people to the village to buy the peanuts for Henriette’s father to sell. Part of the profit allowed him to buy uniforms for the children and pay their school fees.

In addition, World Vision had trained Constantine's association on business and had supported them with palm oil, salt and sugar. This support has given her the opportunity to open a small store where she sells these various commodities and also fries cassava to sell to the children who go to school. Thanks to the savings activities, Constantine has bought a bicycle, she paid for Henriette’s school fees and the participation fees for the National Examination for the End of Primary Education (ENAFEP), which Henriette has passed. They now have nice clothes and sleep better because Constantine now is able to rent a better house made from tin.

“For the moment, I am dreaming that when I finish my studies, I will become a seamstress where I will start to make clothes and give to those who do not have any. I thank World Vision for the support it has given to my mother despite her disability,” says Henriette.

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