Home

About

Our Staff

How to Sponsor

Malawi

Education in Malawi

Story

Students in Need

Donations


Elijah Jumbo


"

  When I was sponsored as a child, it gave me a lot of time to focus on my studies, continue improving my performance, which helped me get sponsored through DAPP for college. It was destiny, it was a coincidence. If I hadn't been sponsored, there would have at least been some delays.

It was hard to receive an education. For me, school has always been very important, but I didn't go because I knew what it could do for my future, I didn't think about that. Mostly, I think I went because I liked football. But every day I struggled with myself to get out of bed, but every day I always did. I would put on my flip flops and walk the 45 minutes to school, through the weather. I could not afford an umbrella, or jacket so I would wrap myself with plastic to keep my clothes dry, sometimes I could only wrap my books. I would walk to school, being soaked by the rain, protecting my books and change my clothes when I arrived. My family struggled a lot with money, my mother labored in hand to mouth work. It's how we afforded my siblings and my school fees. My mother worked hard for us kids, but there are 5 of us, sometimes there wasn't enough food. Often, I would leave for school without taking breakfast, sit in classes all day fighting with my hunger, fighting with myself to not fall asleep, come home sometimes to find food, sometimes not. It was hard to receive an education, it was really hard.

When I was 17, my headmaster called me to his office to interview, he told me that an organization called Lion's Club was finding sponsors for the students at our school. He asked me about my home life and looked at my previous performance in classes and decided I was a good fit. The organization sponsored me through Form 3 and Form 4. They paid my school fees, which allowed me to focus more directly on my studies, it took worrying about school fees off of my table. However positively my sponsorship affected me, I think it was even more helpful for my mother. She was already getting older by the time I was in Secondary School; my sponsorship meant that she did not have to do as much hard labor to earn money to pay. It allowed my family to only focus on feeding us and paying for other necessities. The sponsorship did not pay for other school related needs like materials or exam fees or national fees, but they became much easier to pay, finally we could begin to afford them.

After I graduated secondary school, I of course wanted to continue my education with college, but once again I was faced with the astounding barrier of paying school fees, I just couldn't afford it. I applied to the government Teacher Training College, which was free at the time, as well as DAPP TTC. I was admitted to both. DAPP offer to sponsor me for their program, once again because of my performance and commitment to education. This other sponsorship gave me another opportunity to pursue a life changing education. Starting me on the path I am now.

Now I'm making a living for myself, with always enough to put food on my table, and even enough that I can send money home to my mother. I see that even though my job is not highly paying, it still offers me a difference on the way i look and understand those with less privilege.

Hence I thought of supporting the little few i could by giving back. I am currently paying school fees for several children.

I don't think that if I hadn't been sponsored through Lion's Club would I be living the life I am now. Everything moved with time. When I was sponsored as a child, it gave me a lot of time to focus on my studies, continue improving my performance, which helped me get sponsored through DAPP for college. It was destiny, it was a coincidence. If I hadn't been sponsored, there would have at least been some delays.

The one thing that I wish I could change was that I got to know the family who sponsored me. Because it was through my headmaster at school, I never got to know. All I know is the name of the organization who sponsored me. Lion's Club. At the time, I was a 17 year old boy, who was not open to contact with people. I thought I don't have the right to ask my Headmaster “may I know them?” To this day, it is my deepest wish to know them and thank them for what they did for my life.