Help us fund Devotha Chilumba’s college education!
Meet Devotha! A bright, dedicated, and inspiring young woman, we have had the honor of sponsoring Devotha’s education since she was 14 years old through the Jiamini Scholarship Fund. “We” are a group of women who have been friends since high school, and our decision to collectively sponsor Devotha’s education has been so rewarding!
Throughout the years we have sent letters back and forth to Devotha, and have been struck with what a beautiful, kind, and smart person she is. Through her letters we have learned that Devotha cares greatly for the people (especially her family) in the small village she grew up in. She feels strongly that her path leads her to a life of empowerment not only for herself, but for the women and the people she comes in contact with. Devotha has always wanted her education to not only serve her future, but the future of her family and neighbors, and has studied and worked hard to achieve as much as possible with the amazing resources that the Jiamini Scholarship Fund has provided her with.
Well, that hard work has paid off…Devotha was recently accepted to college at the Maharishi Institute in South Africa! Only 2.5% of girls in Tanzania make it to university and going abroad for college is almost unheard of for a girl coming from Devotha’s village. She received a full scholarship for her tuition but will need assistance covering expenses for room and board, travel and school supplies. The original group of sponsors will still be involved and will still be contributing, but as this amount is quite a bit more than it has been in the past, we are asking for your help.
We are proud to say that Devotha has been an academic superstar from the beginning! She ranked first in her class in primary school, receiving a scholarship based on academic ability and ambition. She flew through high school and qualified for Advanced Levels, which is two additional years of high school for the very best students in Tanzania.
After completing her studies, Devotha wants to return to Tanzania to be an example to other girls, and help them succeed like she did, despite the obstacles in their way. Help us make this happen for Devotha and all the girls she inspires!
- Jennifer, Kiki, Melissa, Nina, Sarah, Sarah, Tammy, Thea and Tinca
Devotha Chilumba is from the small town of Newala in Tanzania. She grew up living with her mother and grandparents.
Devotha recently finished her Advanced High School education, with great results. She has qualified to study in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the Maharishi Institute. Devotha wants to be an entrepreneur, build her own business, so studying at an international institution for business and management is the perfect opportunity! Devotha wants to get the maximum possible education, see more of Africa and the world and learn from other people and cultures. After returning to Tanzania Devotha wants to be an example to other girls, and help them succeed like she did, despite the obstacles in their way.
About the Maharishi Institute
The Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg is home to many talented students from around Africa. Maharishi provides students with experiential skills to make them highly employable and an entrepreneurial background to build successful businesses. The Maharishi Institute provides education access, a skills development path, personal development tools, and a supportive environment so that students can make it step by step to a life of success and achievement. Maharishi calls this approach Stepping Stones to educational and economic freedom. http://maharishiinstitute.org/the-institute