We had the privilege this morning of meeting with the girls at Chipulukusu selected to receive scholarships to go on to 8th grade. What a charming group! Bernard, the school board chair, said some of the girls cried when they were informed of their awards because they thought their schooling opportunities were over. And what are their dreams? These ambitious and academically gifted orphans are determined to one day become journalists, accountants, nurses or teachers.
Only 25% of girls in a similar program sponsored by another NGO made it all the way through 12th grade. When we asked our girls today who they would turn to if they encountered problems or challenges in their new school, they immediately replied they would come back to ask advice from the teachers at Young Peace Maker school. Fingers crossed that they do just that. The GAP program helped get them this far....now we them to cross the finish line.