I am Innocencia Numero aged 23, I was raised by a single parent since my father died in 2010. I wrote School Certificate Examinations and passed. Things became tough in 2015 after I finished my secondary school education because my mother had no money to pay for my college education. I spent two years at home due to lack of school fees. Sometimes during that time I contemplated getting married because I had no one to pay school fees for my education. My dream was to become a medical doctor or a nurse one day.
Although the financial status was still worse, my mother encouraged me to apply for a place at Trinity Nursing College where I was eventually offered a place to study Nursing and Midwifery as a self-sponsored student. I thought of giving up since the amount of school fees was too much (MK960,000.00 equivalent to €1265.00 at the time). But all this worry came to an end when I came in touch with ReachOut Education Support Foundation which promised to pay my school fees and help me with everything I needed for my education to progress smoothly. When I entered the college I faced a few challenges like shortage of books, lack of personal computer and difficult assignments but I managed to cope with the situation. Another worrisome thing I faced was the raising of school fees from MK960,000.00 to MK1,200,000.00. I was not sure whether this would go down well with my sponsor, but ReachOut accepted to pay and I am very thankful to ReachOut for this because many of my fellow students withdrew due to the sudden raise of school fees.
Currently, I am in my third and final year of study. On 6th January 2020 I was allocated to do practical assignments in the labour ward at Nsanje Hospital. At first it was not easy to learn how to deliver a baby and how to keep mothers comfortable during labour, but with the lectures and supervision of my tutors I started delivering babies without any problems. At the end of six weeks in labour ward, there was an assessment which I scored 80%. Then, I was posted to Postnatal Ward where I learnt how to examine babies and mothers 24 hours after delivery. An assessment was about to be done, but unfortunately, we were told to go home due to Covid 19 pandemic.
At this juncture, I would like to thank ReachOut for bringing me this far. My mother and I, really appreciate this opportunity availed to me. I realise that there are a million kids out there who need this kind of support, so I do not take this for granted. I promise to continue working hard so that I realise my dream, and be able to support myself and my family financially. With the knowledge I have acquired, I also believe that I will be able to competently assist mothers and children in my society and beyond. Viva ReachOut.
I thank you.