The harsh condition that surrounds the lives of almost everyone in Africa is no news, and I and my family are a victim of this terrible fate. I come from a huge family where the questions asked are, “How do we put food on the table,” instead of “When do we pay your tuition fees.” My dreams and my family’s have been hijacked by the dirty claws of poverty.
I was able to go to school during my childhood because I was a beneficiary of a charity that helped me go to school. Now I am in university (The University Of The Gambia). The tuition fees are on a constant increase and I am engulfed in debt as each semester goes by. My dream of getting my first degree gets thinner as days go by. I cannot even get access to the learning materials i needs to learn properly. My mother has taken so many loans from people because of me and my elder sister, but these loans remain unpaid because my mum is just a housewife who depends on a man who is unemployed and quite old now and has an eye problem. I have not been lucky to land myself a scholarship because I study journalism and the government for some reason has no interest in helping people like me. Thinking about all these leave me confused, but that has not stopped me from doing well in school.
My two other siblings who just completed primary school have also started to face some hardship. My family does not know how to support them to go to a good school.Eventhough this is supposed to be my story, but my story cannot be told without telling my family’s story and how we struggle to survive. These are people I depend on but the only thing they depend on is hope; hope that seems to be lost.So i wish there was a way she could put a smile on their hopeless faces. I really hope to give them a taste of a good life some day.
I am a girl who loves to dream. Dreaming is what has taken me this far. I dream of a day i will wear my graduation gown and receive my first degree. A day i could do for my family what my parents could not do for my siblings and me but wanted to. A day i would become independent and probably own my own business(Something I am so passionate about);which is why I want to go to a makeup school while i still continue going to uni.You can make this dreamer’s life better and restore her hope by promoting this good cause.