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Haja's Story: From Adversity to Academic Brilliance
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"It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education" – Nelson Mandela
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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.

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"Hello, my name is Haja. I'm 16 years old. I'm in SSS3 (Senior Secondary School 3rd year)."
Haja is a beneficiary of Develop Africa and has been receiving educational support the past two years including STEM Sessions, mentoring, school supplies, exam support, and computer training
"I want to say a very big thank you to Develop Africa, and to my mom for giving me the opportunity to go to school. My mom did not have the opportunity to go to school."
Haja lost her dad a few years ago and has been helping take care of her ailing mom and siblings. Haja's challenges haven't dimmed her passion for academic excellence.
"I want to become a civil engineer and gynecologist in the future."
"I've built my first robot and that feels very, very exciting."
"Thank you very, very much!"

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