Graduated Secondary School – Prisca Mhuawe Kaza

Prisca education sponsorship, DR Congo

Update: In 2017 Prisca completed Secondary school, she would like to attend a university. She is happy and has dreams for the future  -  for herself and the community. She is very grateful for the educational sponsorship she received from Peopleweaver's donors. Currently she is farming a small plot and volunteering in her community. The cost to attend the Bugema university  in Uganda is approximately $3,000 per year.)

(THIS IS PRISCA'S ORIGINAL sponsorship application for Secondary school; it has been edited when needed for better understanding.)

Vision: Become a woman leader and study nursing.

There was war in my village where most of houses were burned and people killed. We became refugees in Nyakabande transit camp, later we were transferred to Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. Due to the tough life there and diseases like malaria we were forced to go back home (Bunagana, DR Congo).

My parents decided to put me in school and when I was in primary 4 there was another war between CNDP rebels and the government. For one year we were again refugees.

In 2008 I was able to finish my primary school and in 2009 successfully passed the national exam and got the national certificate. After one year attending secondary school my father failed to pay fees and I had to drop out. Later he decided to put me in a cheap school. I worked carrying sand and bricks to buy school supplies. Because of studying and school fees, I was often chased (forced to leave) from school. Teachers asked students to buy books and notebooks which in most cases I could not afford. With tough life at home and all these problems it has caused me to suffer and perform poorly in school.

I have been trained in leadership, entrepreneurship and non-violence by a local non-profit. I hope to be a strong leader and help other young girls who are suffering like me.

Thank you, Prisca.

(g-2017, Bunagana, DOB 1996)