IT IS THROUGH THE POWER OF GOD THAT EVERYTHING BECOMES POSSIBLE
Neema Kishimbo is an orphan who sufered from loneliness. Her mother died from AIDS and a year later, her seven year old brother also died of AIDS. Neema's father is a peasant and is sick from the same disease. Neema's situation at home forced her to ask for help at one of the private Christian secondary schools run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. The headmistress was a mentor to Neema during her high school years. Neema, which means grace in swahili, participated in various activities at her school including sports, Religious Leadership Club, and English Club. She composes songs to express her feelings and conducted the school choir. Neema likes learning! In spite of overwhelming circumstances, she never shows her sorrow and is willing to help others. After Msufini Secondary School, Neema graduated from Machame Lutheran Hospital in the clinical officers training program. She was an outstanding student. Neema has a job as a clinical officer at Faraja Center and cares for the disabled children.
Eva Kira, Headmistress of Msufini Secondary School, lived in the village near her school. She wanted to live in the village, so she could know the parents of her students. One night, she heard a knock on her door. It was midnight, and she thought that it might be a burglar. However, she went to answer the door, anyway. When she opened her door, it was the mother of Charles, one of her students. The father was deceased and Charles mother had younger children to care for. Charles mother said, "I was so excited that I could not sleep. Is it true that Charles has a scholarship to attend secondary school?" "Yes, it is true", replied Eva. This tells us how much it means to a single parent when they have assistance in paying for their child's school tuition. These orphans, with one or both parents deceased, are in school because of these scholarships. Education is the key to their future!