Haja is a bright student whose journey has not been easy. Following the loss of her father, she assumed the responsibility of supporting her ailing single mother, two sisters, and four brothers. She and her family live in Freetown in a mud house with a zinc roof that leaks when it rains.
Haja became a beneficiary of Develop Africa two years ago, which has enabled her to continue going to school. She recently completed her 3rd year of senior secondary school. Haja loves being challenged and recently said, "I love studying Chemistry because it is the hardest subject to study, so I love studying it because I want to be perfect in it. I don't want to fear it." Her dedication to conquering challenges is evident, fueling her desire to excel. Haja aspires to become a civil engineer and gynecologist.
Haja's thirst for knowledge is insatiable, and her teachers are often left in awe of her enthusiasm. With her humble demeanor, she acknowledges that her achievements are not solely her own. "I didn't have textbooks; they (Develop Africa) provided them for me. They paid my school fees and equipped me with bags, books, pens, and pencils. All I have to do is study," she explains matter-of-factly.
Grateful for the opportunities she has been granted, Haja's heart overflows with appreciation. It comes as no surprise that she dreams of giving back to her community, her country, and society at large in the future. Her spirit of gratitude and aspirations for a brighter future is only possible because generous donors like you are supporting Develop Africa's education program.