Peter is a former sponsored child who was orphaned in childhood. In addition to facing conditions of poverty, two of his sisters have special needs.
Despite the challenges he has faced, Peter is positive about his life. He recently graduated from school with help from a CFCA scholarship and is studying for a degree in supply management. He hopes to be a procurement officer in a big firm someday.
Tell us about yourself.
I am 23 years old, I have five siblings, and my father and mother passed away. My grandmother is the one who has taken care of all of us.
Two of my sisters have special needs. This further complicated our life, since they needed specific care and medication.
It was difficult growing up because I lacked basic needs. In 2003, I got sponsored after my uncle told me about the CFCA sponsorship program.
It was strenuous to get school fees after my mother passed away in 2000, but my uncle and aunt offered to assist. Life changed after sponsorship; I went to a private school and performed well.
On holidays I work to help buy medicine for my sisters.
What are you doing now?
I’m studying for a diploma in supplies and management. I am in my final year. I would like to be a procurement officer. I would like to improve the livelihood of my family.
What are your future plans?
I would like to advance in my education.
What’s your message to your sponsor?
I would like to tell him that I really appreciate the support and assistance that he has offered me up to this point. Were it not for his help, I would not have been able to pursue my education and make something out of my life.
What’s your relationship with the CFCA staff?
I have a friendly relationship with them. They encourage and motivate me. I also get nutritional benefits and clothing, birthday and Christmas parties, and access to counseling.
Your advice to other sponsored youth?
They should take life seriously as they have an opportunity to change their lives. They should not take their sponsorship for granted.