My name is Theresia Lekishon. I am a Form Three student in Sangiti Secondary School. I am from Simanjiro. I have six siblings and I am the fourth one. My father died in 2000 before I started primary school. I attended primary school in 2002 and compl
My name is Theresia Lekishon. I am a Form Three student in Sangiti Secondary School. I am from Simanjiro. I have six siblings and I am the fourth one. My father died in 2000 before I started primary school. I attended primary school in 2002 and completed 2008. When I was in fourth grade, a distant relative of my mother took me to stay with her. She promised my mother that she would send me to secondary school. My mother agreed because she could not afford the school fees in secondary school. She was very please to get help in for my education.
When I was in class six, my relative started mistreating me. She gave me all kinds of work to do. Some were too difficult to do. When I failed to do what she wants, she would hit me. I told my mother but she asked me to be patient and tolerate her so that I can go to secondary school. One day, I was severely beaten and my mother came and took me home. My mother was very angry. She told me that it is better that I stay home and get married than be tortured like that. We were not even sure if she would really help us. After the national exams were out, my mother did not ask help from her so I stayed home for a year. The next year, my mother heard about Emusoi Centre but she could not pay the contribution. I cried every day and even I refused food when my mother went to Emusoi to ask for assistance.
While waiting for the results, I stayed home and my neighbors were laughing at me. They said a girl cannot stay for a long time without getting pregnant. Some even told me that I had already forgotten all about school lessons. I did not listen to them.
After a few weeks, my mother told me that Sr. Mary has accepted my application Emusoi. I was very happy. I do not know where I would be now or where would I get the means to continue in my secondary education without Emusoi Centre.