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Vicky, student at ISSI nursing college in DRC.

   

"My name is Vicky and I was born in Kananga on the 1st of April in 1997. I am the fourth in a family of nine siblings. After earning my diploma, I didn’t know what to do because I didn’t have the means to continue my studies. My 2016-2017 course offered me a scholarship and I am now starting my classes. I am indebted to the people that make it possible for young women like me to continue their studies. I think I will like studying nursing, and I intend to do my best in gratitude for this opportunity."

Ujunwa, student at Lantana College, Nigeria.

   

“My father sells provisions in the village while my mother sells pap(corn meal). They do not earn much from their sales and so people expected my father to resort to giving me out for an early marriage but instead he decided to send me to study in Lantana College. My mother has been ill and my father has been having problems with his sight and currently he cannot see with one eye. They have been spending their little savings on hospital bills. Initially when all these problems started, I was afraid I might have to dropout from school. But now, thanks to the scholarship I was granted, I can continue my education in Lantana and help my family solve some of their financial problems, especially their health problems.”

Tania, graduate of Condoray College, Peru

   

“My parents did not have the opportunity to educate themselves. We have had many problems to overcome but my family have supported me unconditionally. After completing my education at Condoray College and signing my contract with the hotel (the Hilton Double Tree in Paracas) I realised that I had started a new stage of life and that my family could hope for a better future and quality of life. All the experience and knowledge gained at Condoray I can apply and I have learned to overcome anxiety, work under pressure and look ahead."

Suzy Mmaitsi, teacher at Tewa College, Kenya.

   

“When a girl gets married in rural Kenya, she ends up even poorer than she was before for various reasons — from not having the chance to earn money for her family, to worsening health that may result from giving birth at a young age. But when a girl finishes vocational school, she goes for a placement with a hotel and often gets a serving or cooking job there, or even is able to start her own business. The income of her family can be doubled or tripled, and she can also share the general skills she has learned — nutrition, hygiene, budgeting — with her relatives. I see girls come into college unable to do much, but by the time they finish they have skills and have gained confidence. They are changed people. I feel like this work is changing the world.”

Ramat, student at the Orisun program, Nigeria

   

“ I wanted to be part of the project because I felt that it will be interesting and that I will learn a lot of things that will help me and my family. My favourite memory of my studies is the opportunity of going outside Ibadan to participate in a competition and workshop, organized through Orisun for people of my age from different parts of the country. It made me appreciate Orisun and the project even much more. Having a mentor has helped me a lot not to look down on myself, to understand myself and my family situation better and also to open up to life more and have confidence in myself.”

Preye (left, pictured with her mother and sister), student at Orisun, Nigeria.

   

“My name is Preye and I am 15 years old in my 3rd year of senior secondary school. We are seven children in my family. I wanted to be part of the project because of my interest in cookery and because I felt that Orisun will teach me some things that I had not learnt at home. I am already trying to support my family from my bakery lessons. I bake for people around and get paid a token for the job.
Having a mentor has also helped me, especially because she has been like a sister to me. It has helped me to receive guidance in my plan of studies and choice of future career. Also, as a person with good morals and one who is loving and caring, her example has been a source of encouragement for me.”

Nnena, student at Lantana College, Nigeria.

   

“I wanted to get more skills and knowledge to enable me to support my family. My brother promised to pay my school fees but by the time I got admission to Lantana he couldn’t. It made me want to despair. However, Lantana called my mother to the school and they told us The Wonder Foundation have given me a scholarship. It was a wonderful surprise because we were not expecting that kind of miracle. I will like to work in a hotel when I graduate; having a good job will allow me to do many things. I will train my siblings and help people who find it difficult to go to school because of lack of money. I am very grateful to The Wonder Foundation for taking this financial burden and giving me a future. I am now sure of completing my education and I will be able to start helping my parents as soon as I graduate.”

Nicole, student at Condoray College, Peru.

   

“I have managed to develop more self-confidence, to cultivate values, to address my weaknesses, to understand others. With certainty I can say what I want to do in the future. My course allows me to generate additional income through catering, which is a great support to my family. I have put my earnings back into paying bank loans that were taken out to complete the construction of my family’s house.
In my final year of studies I will finish enriching myself with experiences and knowledge, so that I can then create a food and drink business with my family. This will improve the family finances which is important as I have younger siblings and I have a responsibility to help my parents with my their education. I have so much to be thankful for, so much to learn.”

Maryann, student at Lantana College, Nigeria.

   

“I heard of the school from some past students of Lantana College who are working in the catering department of a Conference Centre in Iwollo. I saw how their lives have improved and I decided that to apply. I passed the entrance examination but I lost my job as a nanny because my employer did not want me to combine work and study. I was very worried, so I was very happy when I was told I had been selected as one of those to benefit from a scholarship from Wonder Foundation. My plan is to start working as soon as I complete my education and save up money to start my own business. When I start my own business, I will help my younger siblings to further their education. I will also contribute towards the renovation of our family house in the village and to take care of my parents, especially my mother who has suffered so much.”

Lilian Vargas Borges, hospitality professional and graduate of Los Sauces, Honduras.

   

“From those in my class some went on to study degrees in Medicine and Psychology as they were able to pay for their education whilst working after leaving Los Sauces. One is the head of nutrition at a national hospital. These are opportunities we would have never had without the school. Los Sauces helped us to become empowered women. Los Sauces has helped me get to where I am today. I believe that supporting this type of educational project is investing in the future of my people in Honduras, and enriching the country in a way that will have a great impact on many lives like mine.”

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