Esther comes from a small village a few kilometers from the Tanzanian border near Lake Victoria. Esther’s mother died of meningitis when Esther was a small child, and the father may never have been involved in her care.
Esther was extremely, and almost painfully, shy. The first month at school she would only talk to the one other girl who was from her same area. She sat alone at mealtimes. She was studious, but struggled in social situations. She wanted to do everything right and wouldn’t make a move on her homework, chores, or in class unless she knew the “right” way to do something.
Esther is coming out of her shell. She has asks more questions in class. She smiles more readily and laughs quietly. She has found a few new friends that have encouraged her and are there to support her in social situations. Esther does her chores with a quiet purposefulness and attention to detail. The teachers always know when Esther has been the one to clean the chalk board or to wipe down the tables in the dining hall. Esther has stayed in the top 8 ranking of her classmates all year, steadily improving. She has an incredible desire to improve her circumstance. And she can do it!