My name is Siphaely Issack Lemunga, or Sifa for short. I was born in Mererani village in Kilimanjaro Region. I have three sisters. I live with my mother but I don't have a father. My mother was unable to have children of her own. According t
My name is Siphaely Issack Lemunga, or Sifa for short. I was born in Mererani village in Kilimanjaro Region. I have three sisters. I live with my mother but I don't have a father. My mother was unable to have children of her own. According to Maasai tradition a woman without children receives children from relatives. After primary school I stayed home for a year then joined Emusoi Center. Now I am in form VI, second year college.
My mother struggled to help me get into secondary school but the problems were financial and language. She is not educated so she doesn't have work. We Maasai are pastoralists but my mother's husband sent her away from his home because she could not have children and she had no animals to keep. My uncle did give her one cow but she had to work in other people's fields to make money for food for us.
My mother went to my uncle for help to get me into high school but my uncle laughed at her and said it was impossible because he was looking for a school for his own daughter, thus, unwilling to help my mother. My mum came home very tired and she had lost hope. But God is great. After one year passed my mum went to another village, Muungano, and met one of her relative’s sister, Leah Shedrak, who had gone to Emusoi. She told my mum all about Emusoi and where it was located.
My mum tried to think how she could get money to go to Arusha, plus she didn’t know Kiswahili and she had never been there before. A few weeks later, my mum sold our only cow so I could travel to Arusha and many weeks later my uncle finally took me to Emusoi. I stayed for one week in Emusoi. Sr. Mary got me an interview at Ngarenaro Secondary School and I was able start my high school studies. After Form II, I passed the National Examination to continue on to Form III and IV but changed to Green bird Girls Secondary School where I completed high school. I took the National Exams and joined St. Thomas Secondary School in Dar-es-Salaam.
"My desire is to become a good Minister of Women and Children so that I can save the lives of women and children who have suffering in their lives. I have already brought six students from my village and a nearby village who had tough lives like I did.
Thanks to my God who enabled me to reach Emusoi. They helped me get an education and gave me care. Thanks to my beloved mum who struggled to open the way in my life because education is a key of life. Lastly, thanks to my uncle who came to Arusha to look for Emusoi. I believe in that all things are made possible through God."