Dear well wishers,
My name is Phelistus Komu.
I joined Makerere University in Uganda (East Africa) in 2002 for a Bachelor's Degree in Law. I studied up to my third year (it's a four-year course) when I got totally stuck due to financial challenges.
My father was the sole financier of my education. In my third year, he got an attack of stroke, which left him paralyzed on one side. He had set aside his last existing piece of land or my education but, unfortunately, it had to be sold to take care of his medical bills.
This left my entire family destitute and in abject poverty. My father had hoped to sell his last bit of land to, at least, take me through my university education. I personally made a silent commitment that I would help the family financially when I get done with university education.
This was never to be. Now, more than ten years down the line, my father is still bedridden, I dropped out of school and have been doing menial jobs to sustain our daily needs. I mostly work in law firms where I am assigned all duties of advocates (lawyers) but paid peanuts just because I do not have the papers.
I only had one year left for me to complete my course, then join the Advocates' Training Programme which would take me another 9 months. I would then be admitted as an Advocate and start working officially.
Recently, I got extremely disturbed by the kind of life we are living as a family, especially my paents who sold their all to afford me an education. I decided to try and get back to school. I applied to a local university here in Kenya and they admitted me, promising that I would be allowed to transfer my credits so that I would not have to start from the first year. I was excited, but got stuck again when it came to paying the tuition fees.
What I earn from my job can only afford our family the most minimum basic needs such as food. Don't even wish to see the kind of house my parents live in...... perturbing. I also pay my niece's school fees out of the same wages (she is a very bright girl in her final year of secondary school and her mother can't afford anything for her education).
All the same, I believe things can still change with help from good people who wish to see others move on. It would only take me two to three years to get back on track. I intend to start in September 2018 because I deferred my admission for one year when I failed to raise the funds.
I am now calling on anyone out there to just stand with me on this one. I honestly need your help, friends.
I need approximately $15,000 to enable me complete the whole course, including the post-university nine-month programme as well as all stationery and fare to and from school.
God bless you.