Francis Chewe of Lusaka, Zambia, is a young man with a dream. He wants to become a physiotherapist, but financial constraints have made it difficult for him to pursue his studies. Francis’s mother, who is separated from his father, struggles to pay for her children’s education. To help make ends meet, Francis had to drop out of school to take care of his siblings while his mother runs her small business in the market.
Despite these challenges, Francis has not given up on his dream. He started his courses at Evelyn Home College in Lusaka but had to drop out when he couldn’t afford to pay the school fees. When he shared his financial challenges with a well-wisher, he was referred to the CPS sisters (Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood) who encouraged him to apply for a scholarship from MicroFinancing Partners in Africa (MPA).
Thanks to the Microfinancing Partners in Africa scholarship, Francis is starting level 1 of his program at the college and will complete his studies in 2023. In his letter of application, Francis wrote: “I will be greatly honored if I can be included in your sponsorship so that I can continue with my dream of being a physiotherapist. I promise to pay back through charity work and be kind to people in need in the society especially children who have dropped out of school. I believe I can become a valuable and great asset to the nation if only I can have a chance to pursue my dreams. Your assistance will be heartily reciprocated and appreciated.”
Francis’s story is not unique. Many young people around the world face financial challenges that prevent them from pursuing their dreams. However, with a little help and support, they can achieve great things. Francis’s determination and drive to succeed are an inspiration to us all.