Meet Winny Kongani
She’s the first born in a family of 9 and so far, is the only one of her siblings that has been able to complete secondary school. She comes from a very humble family; her father having passed on while she was still in primary level.
Winny says, “I’m a partial orphan with an unreliable source of income, because my father who was the breadwinner in our family died and left us with our mother who is a peasant farmer.”
Life has not been good to Winny since her dad died. Thankfully, a well-wisher saw Winny’s potential and sponsored her from class four up to form two, otherwise she may not have even been able to attend primary school. Unfortunately, her sponsor also passed on before she finished and she only continued to survive in school because of her excellent academic performance, even at times being allowed to sit for exams without attending lessons. As a result, most of her siblings dropped out of school, but she pressed on with a singular determination to succeed
After successfully completing high school, joining University was the next uphill task. Since her mother could not afford University fees, she was forced to join a middle level college instead. She was able to secure an opportunity to get enrolled through fundraising from church members, but it still wasn’t enough for a full year. So even though she was devastated at the possibility of having to drop out before the end of her first year, she engaged herself in looking for other ways to fund her education. It was at this point that her friend introduced her to ACCES
She was thankful but nervous at the same time when she applied for a scholarship award. She says that “my prayers were answered when I was finally selected, and my hopes have been rekindled. ACCES is my steppingstone.”
Winny is now very optimistic about completing her diploma course and continuing with her plans for a degree program later in her life
She’s grateful for your donations and treasures your generous support.