My name is Joy Uwase. I am 18 years old and a refugee. I live in Gihembe Camp and that is also where I was born. In my family we are five children and I am the first born. We have two girls and three boys. When I was two years old, my father left us and went far away. Until now, we don’t know where he is. At that time, my mother had two children, me and my younger sister. After my father left my mother started struggling for getting food. Since we were refugees, my mother didn’t have a job where she could get money for satisfying our needs. We eat once per day and have continued in that life for many years. At the time I went to primary school, my mother tried her best to give us basic needs because she always wanted us to be successful.
When I was in primary school, I was young, but also clever. I always got the first position in class. At the time I finished primary school, I was in first place at school, and in the first position in the Rwanda national exam’s result. After finishing the primary school, I continued to secondary school.
When I was in 8th and 9th grade, I worked very hard for getting maximum marks in ordinary level national exams because I knew that i f I failed, my mother could not get money for my school fees. I prayed to God to help me pass the national exam. When the result was out, I was afraid, but our almighty God did it and I passed with high aggregate, also in the first position. I thanked the Lord for his blessings on me.
I was very happy when I passed the national exam for the ordinary level, but I still had the problem of not having money for school fees. But the Lord is always in our side, and at the time I finished the ordinary level, I got a chance to be in Impact Hope. It was a really great thing God has done for me because Impact Hope paid my school fees and gave me all school materials. We went to school with other students. I decided to work very hard for achieving my goals and make my sponsor in Impact Hope proud of me. In 10th grade, I got 95% which was first position in the whole class. In my Junior year I also got first place in my studies or Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology (MCB).
This year I am very happy because I got the chance from Impact Hope to study permaculture at Gitwe Adventist Academy in the Holiday Training Program. I know many things from permaculture, like plantation of mushrooms, tomatoes, cabbage and also how to hatch eggs. My dream is to become a doctor, but apart from that, I want to be a business woman who produces and sells mushrooms because I have those skills from the training program at Gitwe.
I am really thankful for all Impact Hope has done for me. May the Almighty Father lead you in all steps and plans that you take and bless you in all matters.
I don’t know how much I can thank you, only to ask more blessings from God to you because you have changed my life and I will always work hard to be successful in my life. I wish you all the best.
God Bless You,