My name is Rehema Simon; I am from Monduli District at Engaruka village. I completed my primary school at Engaruka juu primary school in 2001. My family is really poor and we canâ€™t even afford to buy the necessary needs for the family, my father is
My name is Rehema Simon; I am from Monduli District at Engaruka village. I completed my primary school at Engaruka juu primary school in 2001. My family is really poor and we can’t even afford to buy the necessary needs for the family, my father is old and he is totally sick that means he can’t do any work for the family, my mother is just doing petty trade and she use to get one dollar per day and she use the money to buy food for the family and medicine for my father because he use to take medicine everyday.
Due to this my parents were unable to take me to the secondary school, so since October 2001 up to January 2003 I was staying with one of my primary teacher and I was also attending standard seven classes so that I will not forget what I was taught in classes, the teachers advised my parents to do so because they knew that I was bright and I could do better if I go to the secondary school.
In February 2003, my father heard about Emusoi from one of his friends, he asked the church to contribute for his and my bus fare. They supported us and gave us some money to travel to Emusoi. Thanks be to God, I was accepted and I started pre-form one at Emusoi. In October 2003, I started doing exams from different schools in order to join form one, I was selected to join different schools but I preferred Green Bird Girls Secondary School where I got my O-Level studies from 2004-2007. I completed form four with division two and I was selected to join Ruvu Secondary School taking History, Kiswahili and Language but I did not like the selected combination because I wanted to take science subjects or business subjects. I requested Sister Mary to allow me to go to the Lutheran Junior Seminary where I can get my A-Level studies and she accepted. I went there in 2008-2010 and was able complete my Form Six in Mathematics, Economics, Geography and Divinity.
In March 2010, while waiting for the results of the national examination, I went to Oldonyo Lengai Secondary School as a part-time teacher teaching mathematics and physics. When the results came out, my marks were not good enough to qualify me to attend university. I even realize that I am late to apply to any college institutions. I decided to be a volunteer teacher in Emusoi Centre teaching social subjects in 2011.
This year, 2012, I am attending a diploma course in Accountancy at the Institute of Accountancy in Arusha.
UPDATES on Rehema:
She is now the centre's assisatnt accountant after working for a bank in Arusha.