Today we want to introduce you to Regina, one of the students who has been with us since September of last year, and who has impressed us time and again with her dedication, passion, and hard work.
Regina comes from a tiny village outside of Ifakara. After completing primary school, Regina was denied all opportunities to advance herself. The only option she saw for herself was to get married. However, after she became pregnant, her father chased her away from home and told her to go and live with the man who had impregnated her. The boy and his family, in turn, refused to accept her into their house and denied her any support.
Despairing and dejected, Regina tried to return to her father’s house. When her father hesitantly took her in, he laid out a number of conditions and set out to punish her by constantly mistreating her.
When Regina heard about the her opportunity at the Bakhita Girls Program, she asked the boy’s family if they would take care of her baby while she went to school. They reluctantly agreed, and Regina went to live with her aunt in Ifakara, where she is now attending a Bakhita Girls partner school. Because of the distance to her village, she is unable to see her child often. Despite feeling very hopeful and relieved for being back in school, she misses her child very much, which makes it harder for her to perform to her full potential in school.
Despite her story and her daily struggles, Regina is a source of energy and a radiant heart of the Bakhita family. She is always cheering and empowering us with her strong and brilliant smile, which never seems to come off her face. You can often find her sitting at the very last row of tables in the class, shying away from participating in heated discussions but fully engaged in what is discussed. Regina is known for taking excellent notes but she would never admit to this. We continue to work closely with our partners at Techfort Secondary School to ensure her progress, success, and continued smile.
You can join us in this endeavor by sponsoring Regina, and committing to pay for her tuition, uniform, books, and academic support and by visiting our contributions page, where you can explore and find different ways to give.