Liliane came from Lumbumbashi to study at ISSI, having made a tough decision to leave loved ones behind in her hometown. Despite this and the added hardship of struggling to fit in when she first arrived, Liliane is determined to succeed.
Monique came from a difficult past, depending on someone who let her down numerously, she did not believe things would work out for her the way they have.
Vicky is currently studying in her second year at ISSI. Whilst she has found the process of getting her academics a little challenging, she also feels proud to be training at ISSI.
"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."
"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 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."
“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.”
“Having a mentor has helped me to understand myself and my family situation better and to open up to life more and have confidence in myself.”
“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."