My hope to help a young man achieve his dreams. By: Heather Autumn LaBonte Efthymiou
I met Yacn through my charity work for vulnerable, poverty-stricken children in Tanzania. He was interested in what was going on to help the small, poor children of his country. He is from a very poor background, beyond what any of us westerners think of as very poor. We have had many conversations and he is a forward-thinker, which is needed desperately in Tanzania. 50% of the children in Tanzania do not go to school. There are so many with nothing. This young man wants to study law and get a BACHELOR OF LAW (LL.B) degree to help vulnerable people. He wants to help make change for women and children in his community and his country.
In his first year of University he was given loans but for this second year they will only give loans for a portion of his tuition, accomodation, stationary and special faculty requirements. He is a hard worker and has a GPA of 3.6. His interests are reading books, playing football, listening to music and traveling.
I asked Yacn (pronounced Yaseen) why he wanted to be a lawyer and why he needed scholarship and he told me: ‘To become a successful lawyer who can help poor Tanzanian woman and children who are vulnerable group and isolated group in our society. Who in most of the time are denied of their rights example right to own property, inheritance, marital issues, right to work and their liberty. I choose to study law because its easy to help people by knowing law especially vulnerable group.’
‘I’m living with my parents who are depending on petty businesses and we are five children’s in our family and I’m the first born and only son so my young sisters are waiting for my success so that they can survive. My parents struggled to send me to school but since I admitted to college they are failing to pay tuition fees, stationery, special faculty requirement and accommodation which are higher compare to normal school fees.’
I have had many conversations with Yacn and consider him a friend. His success at getting a Bachelor Degree in Law would mean a better future not only for himself but for his younger sisters. I feel it is important for young people who wish to help their communities to be supported in their dreams. I will be keeping up with Yacn and getting updates on his progress at the University if the funds can be raised. If you can even donate 5 euro towards this young man’s education you will not only be helping him but also the many vulnerable people he will help once he has his degree. I believe in Yacn and his capability to do great things for women and children in Tanzania. Help make a young man’s dream come true. This is not a handout but a hand up as he will have to do the hard work and get his degree.
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Heather Autumn LaBonte Efthymiou
Partner at Aura’s House and Saidia Watoto Cyprus Project