Life Story Dennison Chimatro

Dennison Chimatro

My name is Dennison Chimatiro. I am a boy, born on 18 July 1999; I am the first born in a family of three children, two boys and one girl. My father left my mother when I was still a baby, and my mother singlehandedly took care of me and my siblings. In 2010, when I was 11 years old, my father, who is an army officer in the Malawi Defence Force, invited me to stay with him in the Capital City of Malawi, Lilongwe. By then, he had married another woman and I was in Standard (Grade) 5 of primary school. In Lilongwe, I started a new lease of life with my biological father and stepmother. But along the way, things started changing. My father became harsh on me and did no longer care for me. On the other hand, my stepmother is the one who understood my situation better than my own biological father. In 2016, the situation turned from bad to worse, and I sent a message to my biological mother, informing her of what I was going through. She then told me just to come back home. I was in Form 3 of my secondary education by then. I came back before I could finish the third term of my Form 3. Upon my arrival back home in July 2016, I found my mother critically ill. Early October 2016, tragedy struck: my mother passed away and was laid to rest on Saturday 7 October. Since then, life has been tough for me. Of course, my grandparents do take care of me and my siblings, but not to the required level. This is because many grandchildren look up to them for support. I was forced by these circumstances to repeat Form 3 at Nanjiriri Community Day Secondary School, in Machinjiri, Blantyre. I did well at Form 4, scored 18 points and got selected to Mzuzu University where I am pursuing a course in Renewable Energy, now doing my second year. My presence at the university is depended on loans offered which are strictly tuition only, and I am afraid I may drop out if I am not successful next time when I apply again. Life is tough for me at the university; travel costs to and from the university are high because distance from Blantyre to Mzuzu and vice versa is very long. Because of this, when it is time for holidays, most times, I remain behind to do some piece works from peoples’ homes in order to find transport money. Even to get sufficient basic necessities like food and water proved to be a big challenge. However, you understand that I am very thankful that ReachOut has decided to support me by paying for my fees and other costs. After my studies, I expect to have a brighter future that will enable me to support my siblings and my grandparents. I thank you very much.


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