My name is Happy Loth. I come from Mesarami Village, Same, Tanzania I am fifteen years old and currently in Form 1 in Mwedo Girls Secondary School. I come from a family of six wherein I am the second born. Out of the six, only my sister and I were
My name is Happy Loth. I come from Mesarami Village, Same, Tanzania I am fifteen years old and currently in Form 1 in Mwedo Girls Secondary School.
I come from a family of six wherein I am the second born. Out of the six, only my sister and I were able to attend school. When I finished standard seven, I was selected to join government secondary school. When my father heard of this, he was frustrated because he was against my continuing to secondary school. My mother had a different opinion when it comes to educating girls. She heard of Emusoi Centre from our neighbor and decided to travel to Arusha to get support. When she came back, she shared the information to my father. My father became very angry and from that time on, my father hated my mother. He had taken the dowry while I was still in standard six. My mother continued to support me and I was selected for an interview by the center but we did not have any bus fare to travel to Arusha. My mother went to my uncle’s place to get some money because my father refused to contribute.
While waiting for the results if I will be selected for Emusoi, I had to stay home. My father was still very angry. He would verbally abuse my mother and I. When I was accepted for school year 2010 in Emusoi Centre that was the beginning of a never ending conflict between them. From then on, he did not contribute anything to take care of our family. He did not even want to see us, her daughters, in the compound. I often would worry and feel sad when it is time for me to go home knowing that my father does not want to see me. I hope that after finishing school, I can go back to my community and educate my people, especially the men, on the importance of education to women.
UPDATES on Happy:
She finished her Advance Level and passed it. She is eligible to apply for university.