The little voice saying: “I’ll try again tomorrow”
What is your passion? What really gets your heart racing and butterflies stomping in your stomach? It takes courage to chase your dream. Not the kind of courage that roars like a lion, but the quiet confidence at the end of a hard day that whispers “I’ll try again tomorrow.” This is what we love to invest in at Meet Kate! I want to introduce you to two people, who demonstrate just that.
Mavis is an intelligent young woman, with a dream of becoming a nurse. When she was young, she saw a neighbour’s child die and vowed to be part of the change to stop needless deaths in her community.
Mavis finished junior high school in 2009. She is now 19 years old. For 4 years, she sold oranges on the streets of her town. Her father has been a single parent since his wife died and with four children to take care of, money simply wasn’t available for Mavis to go to school. Day after day, she would get up in the morning to carry a tray of oranges on her head: walking endlessly in the hot sun, trailing countless streets, making a profit of just 6 pence per sale. To keep a dream alive, believing that one day it would come true is testament to Mavis’s incredible spirit.
At Meet Kate Foundation, we do not see hopelessness and emptiness when we look at Africa. But in each unique, seemingly desolate situation, we see hope, and that is because of people like Mavis! We are privileged to be part of her journey. This scholarship means that she will finish high school in three years and will be on her way to becoming a nurse. She will touch people’s lives in her own small way, and the donations from people like you make that possible.
Romeo is now in his second year and when I met him, something different struck me about him: He loves to learn! He has a genuine love for education that goes beyond his visions for employment. He is one of the smartest young men in his community. His test scores for Basic Education Certificate E was one of the highest in his catchment area. He is an endearing young man with a quiet, sweet nature. He wants to be a mathematical physicist, because he likes the idea of combining science and mathematics: his two biggest loves. He is an example of “Meet Kate Goes to School” ‘s vision to allow these young people to follow their dreams. Recently, Romeo made us extra proud when we received his end of year report! Out of the 62 people in his class, he was1st. Who knows, maybe one day Romeo will be the one who invents a way to convert the growing pile of waste in Africa’s landfill to something that will generate an income for the continent. However, at Meet Kate Foundation, we will be just as happy if he grows up to be a warm, caring man contributing in his own way to his community.
Mavis is one of four people who got a scholarship from Meet Kate this summer and have just started Senior High School. They are on their way to brigher future and we will be by their sides all the way. We have already started preparing in anticipation of the applications that will come pouring in next summer. We can only help young people like these because of your continued support. So on their behalf: Thank You!
Mavis (in red) with the other new scholarship students.