Oct 22 2014

Support keeps student in school, out of factory

Unbound scholar

Mamisoa receives a scholarship through Unbound in Madagascar. His scholarship is funded by donations to Education.

By Barclay Martin, new channels coordinator

I met Mamisoa at the Unbound-Madagascar central office while he was helping out with an event for aging members of the Unbound community. He’s studying earth sciences and wants to work to improve the water quality for people in Madagascar. He was introduced as one of the scholarship recipients. Unbound scholarships are funded by donations to Education. Luckily, I had a chance to pose some questions to Mamisoa.

Q. Why did you apply for an Unbound scholarship?

A. After high school, many young people who don’t get scholarships look for work in clothing factories or try to find odd jobs here in Antsirabe. My parents are already old, and couldn’t earn enough to support my education. Without a change, I wouldn’t be able to continue studying.

Q. What options do people in your position typically have?

A. Many people who finish high school look first for work in the clothing factories, but if they’re not accepted in the factory, they often try to get a job as a bus conductor, taking the tickets of passengers.

Q. What would it be like working in a clothing factory?

A. I have many friends who work in factories, and they say the environment is not so good. One of my friends works 11 hours a day cutting fabric to be used for clothing.

Q. What would have happened if you hadn’t received this scholarship?

A. I would look for odd jobs in hopes that I would be able to save enough money to return to school.

Q. Why do you value education so much?

A. I had a teacher that told me, “If you study well, you will never lose your way.” In Madagascar, the belief is that if you have education, you will always find a way to make a living.

Q. Do you have a message for those who give to Education through Unbound?

A. Once I learned that I had received the scholarship, I knew I had a huge responsibility to work hard because people are paying for my education. Studying hard is my accountability to their generosity.

Help support scholars like Mamisoa. Donate to Education.

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