We all know that over the past two years, COVID has impacted on education massively, making it difficult to learn properly, especially in Swaziland. Schools were shut and this meant that we couldn’t continue sponsoring our two students, Sazile and Sinethemba. They weren’t able to study or go to school normally and this must have been so difficult for them. With no facilities for online learning, students had to face the extra challenge of learning via a crackly radio at home. However, despite all the unfortunate circumstances, one of our students passed her exams and eventually graduated. This is an outstanding achievement and a demonstration that she shares our Penwortham Girls’ ethos of resilience. We are all so proud of her for coming this far. Knowing that all the money that we raised for her has helped her to become successful is incredible and so encouraging. A huge thank you to everyone who made a difference. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for her!
Schools have now opened again in Swaziland, therefore, it is a great honour to announce that we have been able to raise the money to sponsor a new girl’s education. This is thanks to different charity events that have taken place this year, such as the Christmas tombola and the Wham Christmas teacher music video. She is adopted because her father is an alcoholic and her mother suffers from mental health problems so they can’t look after their daughter in a nurturing way. Fisokuhle’s family find it strenuous to meet all her needs. They can only provide the basics to help her survive, such as food and shelter. Fisokhule’s adoptive parents can barely afford to clothe her, let alone fund an education. We have chosen to sponsor this young girl because her story really affected us. It made us realise that we are very lucky to have access to a fantastic education, yet these children have to suffer so much. She is a brilliant student who appears to be quite bright. She has a flawless work ethic as she is always top of the class. In the future, she aspires to be a doctor. If that isn’t possible, she would like to fulfil her dream of being a pilot, which shows great ambition. She is aiming high and has lots of curiosity to explore new avenues. She is going to flourish and we are so excited to see what she can achieve throughout the next couple of years.
Written by Safurah H.