Keep Sarah in School
Organized by: Julie Collura
Update on Sarah, November 9: Sarah scraped together half the money for her tuition, and I wired her the money we had so far raised. Yesterday, she paid her school fees before the dealine and will be allowed to finish the semester! Thank you for supporting and sharing this campaign. We will continue to fundrasie, as Sarah has three more semesters to complete her degere.
Sarah is a student at Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda. I mentor Sarah through a program called Empowering Women Through Mentoring (http://aliasourroots.com). Sarah is a very bright and industrious student, but she comes from a rural community and her family struggles to pay her school fees. There are five children in her family, and she is one of the first girls from her village to reach university. Because she has been unable to pay her tuition this semester, the University may not allow her to take her exams next month. University tuition is 530 USD per semester, and Sarah's hostel charges 200 USD per semester. The University charges 20 USD for any late payment received. Therefore, I want to raise $750 to cover Sarah's fees this semester. She has four semesters left to complete her Bachelor of Social Science degree.
To those of us with privilege, $750 does not seem like much. But, to a young woman from rural Africa, it can mean the difference between a life of struggle and a life of promise. Sarah has the potential to become a leader who will advance the cause of women and girls in her community, but not if she cannot stay in school. Sarah says her goals are "to be an independent and self-sustaining woman", and "to be able to change the perception of women" in her community. She understands she is fortunate to be at university, and vows to be a role model for girls in her community. With minimal financial support, we can help Sarah change the world. Because this is not only about helping one young woman succeed. This is about creating real and lasting change.
"An educated girl is an educated nation."