Faith wrote O’Level exams in 2015 and passed 10 of the 11 subjects she wrote: Integrated Science (A), Geography (A), History (A), Mathematics (B), Physics (B), Shona (B), Fashion and Fabrics (B), Biology (C), Accounts (C), and English (C). The only subject she found challenging was Chemistry, in which she had a grade D.
We were delighted to share Faith’s results with Dr Lauren Willard and her family––her husband Chad, her son Henry, and her daughter Katie––who have been paying tuition to support Faith’s education. On hearing the news, Dr Willard’s response was, “I’m so glad Faith is doing well. You can count on us to support her education for as long as she continues to be interested.”
As you may recall, students in Zimbabwe sit for O’ Level exams after completing 4 years of secondary school––that is Form 1 to Form 4. Typically, each student sits for exams in nine or more subjects. Exam results are graded on an alphabetical scale with grades A, B, and C considered passes; and grades D, E, and U considered failures. To proceed to high school––ie, Form 5 and Form 6––a student must obtain a passing grade of C or better in 5 or more subjects. Faith passed 10!
Faith joined the Munhu family in 2012, after she was recommended to us by the teachers at the primary school that she had attended, located in Buhera District in Manicaland Province. At that time, Faith had just passed her Grade 7 examinations with flying colors, but had no money to continue on to a good secondary school. We at Munhu saw the potential in Faith and helped her to enroll at one of the boarding schools in the area. We shared Faith’s story with some of our donors and we were delighted when the Willard family decided to sponsor Faith’s education. Since 2013, Dr Willard and her family have been paying Faith’s school tuition and giving her a little extra for pocket money. Faith keeps the Willards updated on her school progress through letters.
With continued support from the Willards, Faith started Form 5 in February 2016. She will sit for A’Level exams in 2017 and we look forward to her passing those exams and continuing on to university.
As we often tell most of our donors who choose to sponsor a child, the impact of that decision goes beyond the gift of the donation. This was beautifully illustrated by Faith’s response when she, as a 13-year old girl with limited prospects for a bright future, received the good news that an America family had offered to pay her tuition to continue with her education. She had said, “Even though they never met me, my American family has trusted me and I will not let them down.” And she is living up to her promise.
We thank Lauren, Chad, Henry, and Katie Willard for believing in Faith and for giving her the opportunity to follow her dreams! And we thank our many Munhu donors who are sponsoring many of our students, enabling each of them to receive a good education and to strive for a better future. We want you to know that your donations change the course of these students’ lives for the better. Your donations allow them to dream big dreams, as all children should.
Thank You! Tinotenda (Shona)! Siyabonga (Ndebele)!