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Justina’s Story: Attending The Yale Young African Scholars Program

Growing up, how many times did you complain about having to go to school? In the Western world, education is often taken for granted and sometimes seen as a chore.

Elsewhere in the world, to receive an education – even a basic one – is a right that some children have to fight for. They must overcome significant challenges just to attend school. Their grit and determination to learn serving as a lesson for us all.

One such student is Justina, who lives in a rural village in Livingstone, Zambia.

As the youngest child and only daughter in a family of seven, it was always going to be a struggle to afford to send her to secondary school. Justina’s family has faced their own challenges, both past and present. Money and food are often scarce, and Justina’s four brothers all work to help support the family. 

How Did African Impact Foundation Help Justina?

Our Sponsor a Child Program in Zambia works with underprivileged children by sponsoring their education and providing support.

The sponsorship money pays school fees for a year, a set of uniform and shoes, a bag, stationary, exercise books, and necessary textbooks. Throughout the year they can ask for additional funds for school trips, extra text books, etc. In addition, 29.5% of the sponsorship fees goes directly to the school’s fund to improve the quality of education for the sponsored children and the hundreds of other children who also attend the school.

Through the African Impact Foundation’s Sponsor a Child program, Justina received sponsorship from Sam Peisch and ZAMFUND.

Sponsorship has enabled Justina to attend and thrive at secondary school, with teachers regarding her as:

“a disciplined and hardworking person, in spite of her living in such a challenging environment.”

Education remains a privilege for many children in Zambia, with just 8% of youth completing secondary school. Facing barriers such as unaffordable school fees due to insufficient government funding, a lack of places in classrooms, and too few trained teachers; a child’s road to education is anything but simple. Our Sponsor a Child program has successfully facilitated the education of over 150 vulnerable students in Livingstone, removing the financial barriers to attending school with the support of sponsors from around the world.

Yale Young African Scholars Program

Justina’s story does not end here. Earlier this year she was accepted into the highly competitive Yale Young African Scholars program (YYAS) – a summer school course held in Ghana for high-achieving African students.

Justina’s acceptance into the program is a testament to her academic ability and commitment to her studies; an opportunity made possible not only through her sponsorship, but also her own personal drive to succeed and achieve her goals.

When asked what she hoped to gain from YYAS, Justina replied:

“I hope to become more courageous so that when I go to university, I will be able to stand in front of a crowd and express my opinions.”

Ronel Stevens, from the African Impact Founadtion, supported Justina through the application process and commented:

“As a chosen participant, Justina represents an extraordinary group of young women from across the African continent. She is a huge inspiration to her family, her community and women across the world.”

Learn More About The African Impact Foundation

The African Impact Foundation works to implement long-term, positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities in Africa. Visit our website and our Global Giving donations site to learn more about our mission and how you can get involved.

If you would like to help Justina on her journey to attend YYAS, please donate at Virgin Money Giving’s website.