It’s been a few weeks since my most recent trip to Malawi, Africa, and I don’t want my experiences there to fade from my memory. So I’d like to share another story with you about a young lady I met there. Her name is Ketilina Laisi and she is an orphan. She is 15 years old – her father died when she was just a baby, and her mother died in 2002. She lives in the Ntenge village in central Malawi, and is attending her first year of secondary school through our scholarship program.
Ketilina takes care of her grandmother. She gets up at 5:00 AM, gathers water, works around the house, walks to school, comes home at the end of the day and feeds her grandmother, then studies at night.
I got to spend some time with Ketilina one afternoon, talking about her dreams for the future, and I could see the excitement in her eyes as she spoke of her reaction when she learned from her pastor that she would be receiving scholarship money. When Ketilina finishes secondary school, she wants to attend college to become a nurse, because “she wants to assist people that are sick and likes to help people.”
I want to thank you for your generous support of our programs here at Equitas. It is because of your giving that Ketilina is getting an education and will go on to serve others in her community with her medical skills. You are changing lives and making a difference in Malawi.