Update: Elosha finished her Secondary education and in 2020 started attending Bugema University in Uganda. Her education has been interrupted because of COVID-19. She has returned home to Goma and plans to return to the university when it re-opens.
(THIS IS ELOSHA’S ORIGINAL SPONSORSHIP APPLICATION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, IT HAS BEEN EDITED SLIGHTLY WHEN NEEDED FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING.)
Vision: "My vision is empowering and inspiring women and girls. I like speaking in public to promote women’s and children’s rights, a great need in my country. My studies in journalism and mass communication are helping me achieve these goals."
At the age of 3, my family was displaced by war. We ran to several places, sometimes staying in the bush, we finally stayed in Kisangani. We survived day-by-day. At the age of 6, our mother left us because of social-economic reasons. My father wanted to join us from where he was working, but he was not able to. We lived with our grandmother.
In July 2007, my brothers and sisters, and myself were forced to board a car to Burundi, to my mother’s home. We traveled hundreds of miles, we were stopped by our father who joined us in Goma. Since then we lived with our father, with no funds and a miserable life.
I have been studying one day and chased another (while attending Secondary school). I tried to do small businesses to get school fees, selling charcoal, kerosene, bread, powder soap. I could not afford business and schooling at the same time and dropped out of school.
Benson Wereje told me about an organization called Peopleweaver, he said Peopleweaver gave girls education sponsorships. I applied and was happy to be chosen to go to school. After two years I passed the Secondary national exams and graduated.
May God bless you, Elosha
Elosha talks about her life and personal mission.
Elosha is a talented musician. In addition to performing individually she sings with the Barza family singing group and is responsible for leading a women’s choir.
I Will Move Ahead (Gospel)
J avance (Gospel)
(This video was made in the DRC and paid for with private funds by an individual living in the US.)
Elosha and Barza family singing group