Josephine comes from a poor village about 100 km from Dakar. Her biggest dream was to have a job that would provide even a basic living. When she heard about our school, she was sure that this was the opportunity to make this dream come true.
“I felt it was an opportunity for me and my whole family. However, I didn’t have even a penny to start my education. Thanks to my Sister Eve, I started school completely free of charge.” Josephine says.
The girl did very well in her first year. You could see her commitment, her joy at being given the chance to fulfil her dreams and her great gratitude. Suddenly something changed.
“After the first year Josephine came to me and said she was dropping out of school and going home. I was very surprised. I knew I had to pursue the matter.” Sister Eve recalls. It turned out that Josephine did not want to stop studying but was forced to do so by the dramatic financial situation at home.
The girl wanted to go back to find a simple job and help her parents buy basic necessities and provide for the household. Finishing her two years of school in Dakar would open many doors for her and give her a much better paying job, so Sister Eve did everything she could to make sure she didn’t pass up the opportunity. She helped Josephine’s sister find a job, as she is with her parents on a daily basis, and convinced our student to give it her all and make the most of her second year of education.
Another year has passed and today we can see a smile on the face of a Dakar graduate who has decided to stay in the city for longer. She is working and in charge of the tailoring section of the school’s workshop.
It is thanks to you that Josephine achieved her goal and is now able to regularly support her family while enjoying the satisfaction of her dream job. That is what we are here for, to give young women equal opportunities!
Stories like Josephine’s are the best proof that your money produces a lot of good in Senegal. And not only for the young women who acquire their professional skills here, but also for their loved ones, in places often hundreds of kilometres away from Dakar, where the chances of a better tomorrow are few and far between.
Fund a day of education for one of the students at the vocational school for girls in Dakar today and work with us to provide her with a brighter future!