Naishipai Ilaayan Laizer
My name is Nashipai Ilaayan Laizer. I am from Kiteto in Manyara Region. I completed my primary education at Lootera Primary School in 2009. My father has three wives. I am the third child of the first wife. My parents are pastoralist. They have never
My name is Nashipai Ilaayan Laizer. I am from Kiteto in Manyara Region. I completed my primary education at Lootera Primary School in 2009. My father has three wives. I am the third child of the first wife. My parents are pastoralist. They have never been to school. Out of the five children, only my brother and I were able to attend school. He was able to reach Form Six but failed in the National Examinations that could have qualified him to attend university level.
When I finish my primary education, I stayed with my teacher. I did not go home because even before the qualifying exams for secondary school began, my father had already arranged that I will be married off to a 75 year old man. He would hit my mother everyday and order her to bring me back home but she refused. I would ask my mother to take me home because I didn’t want her to suffer because of me. She would not listen to my request. When I was able to go home, my father said that if my results would not be good, he will marry me off. My mother told me not to worry.
My mother went to my Uncle Simon to ask help on how to get assistance from Emusoi Centre. We were told to write a letter of request. We did and I was accepted. We were so happy but we do not have any money to buy some important things that I need for school. My mother asked help from pastors and sister who belong to different missionary congregations and they helped.
We left for Arusha with other girls who were also accepted. It was a good thing that my father went to Tanga. If he was at home, he would not let us go to Emusoi. One of the pastors took us to Emusoi. We started as Pre-Form One Students. After three months, the pastor came to visit us at the center. He told us that my father was very angry with my mother because I left without his permission. My mother was beaten and was sent back to her parents. The pastor talked to him but my father said that she should find someone who could pay for the cows that he had already taken as bride prize and agreed to let my mother retun home.
I am unable to go home since I am afraid that my father will continue with his plans of marrying me off. I would stay here at the centre during holidays and school vacations. After finishing Pre-Form One, I got accepted to attend Kiraeni Secondary School in Kilimanjaro. I am currently in Form Two and preparing for the National Examinations on November 5.