Who We Support
The SISTA Scholar Program currently supports 70 girls enrolled at Bolgatanga Girls' Secondary School in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Here are a few of our current students:
Sawdatu, 16 years old
Sawdatu is the first born of three, with one younger brother and sister. Her mother and father were both millet farmers. Her mother died when she was six year old. A few years later, her father lost his vision in a car accident. Sawdatu grew up to discover that farming the family's small plot of land would only produce enough to feed her and her siblings. It would not be enough to provide for her education.
Sawdatu took it upon herself to meet her own needs. She traveled to the Brong Ahafo region and worked with a woman selling food as a street vendor. She worked hard for this woman but found that she had to work even harder to protect herself from the woman's husband. He was very persistent in his attempts his advances but Sawdatu chose to fight back. When Sawdatu told the woman about her husband's actions, the woman responded by verbally retaliating against Sawdatu. Sawdatu soon removed herself from the woman's home and returned to her village to sell ground nuts to earn her school fees.
Sawdatu stresses that she did not give in because she holds dear to her desire to become someone great in the future. She aspires to become a nurse so that she can help the people of her country.
Monica, 18 Years Old
Monica is from Navrongo, in the upper east region of Bolgatanga. Both her mother and father passed away before she was 10 years old. She and her siblings were raised by her aunt and grandmother who trade peppers and tomatoes.
Monica felt abandoned by her parents as a child. She doesn't remember her father. A year after he passed, her mother traveled down south looking for work, and quickly remarried. She died in Accra, never returning to Navrongo for Monica or her other siblings. Her grandmother then passed in 2009. Now it is just her, her aunt and siblings.
Monica is the only child in her family attending school. Her eldest sisters are petty traders down south. After junior high school school, Monica also had to travel south to look for work. For one month she washed bowls for a woman at a local chop bar to earn the equivalent of $40. Fortunately for Monica, she was also an accomplished athlete during elementary and junior high school. The sports masters of her previous schools pooled their resources to help her begin her secondary school education. She used the $40 that she earned for school supplies and other provisions.
Monica is studying to become an accountant.
Nafisah, 17 years old
Nafisah is from a village called Zabugu in Bawku, the central region of Ghana. Her mother was an elderly tomato trader. Her father is a farmer. Her parents have six children and Nafisah is the youngest. One day when Nafisah was at school with her older brother, she asked him for a pencil. Her brother threw the pencil to her and it inadvertently hit Nafisah in the eye. Subsequently, she lost all vision in her right eye. This injury has brought many educational challenges for Nafisah. She tries to ease her learning process by sitting in the front of the class. She declares that her eye injury will not stop her from reaching her goals. She uses her perseverance throughout her blindness as proof that she will continue to further her education no matter what obstacles are thrown in her path.
Nafisah is studying to become a medical doctor.