Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Meet Stella

“Educate a girl and you educate a community” goes an African proverb. And if the girl is Stella Nangobi, perhaps you can educate a nation. Stella, 19, dreams of becoming president of Uganda someday – if not a lawyer or teacher. Thanks to her education, she is able to chose her own path. Stella is a senior six (12th grade) secondary school student whose favorite classes are history and divinity. She is the only girl from a family of six children. Because her mother remarried, Stella was shuttled between relatives, and left in their care; it is a Busoga custom that a woman cannot take the children from a previous marriage into her new marriage. When she’s not studying, Stella likes to swim, read, play volleyball, go out with friends, and follow Manchester United football club. Because of her academic accomplishments, she is able to go to school for free. Uganda Village Project provides the only secondary school scholarship for both girls and boys in Iganga District and enables hard-working students like Stella to succeed - for herself and for her community.

Educated girls are less likely to get HIV/AIDS and marry young. They go on to earn higher incomes, plan their families, educate their children - and prove old proverbs to be true.

Learn more: http://www.ugandavillageproject.org/what-we-do/orphan-support/scholarships/

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