Batonga girls

Batonga Girls

Meet Silifa, a Batonga Scholar in Benin

Silifa is 15 years old, in her third year of secondary school in Nikki, Benin.  In her class of 42 students, only 13 are girls. Silifa is able to attend secondary school through Batonga’s support. Silifa comes from a polygamous family, where her mother was one of three wives. When she was 5 years old, Silifa’s father died. Her mother remarried, and now Silifa is one of six children.  While her brothers attend school, Silifa’s sisters have never had the chance to attend school.  Silfa’s best subjects are Biology and Mathematics. She wants to become a member of the Benin Police Force.

“I am very interested in tutoring activities and sessions on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health organized by Batonga. With Batonga’s guidance, I became determined to not marry at the first opportunity and drop out of school. In my village there are many girls who have dropped out because they became pregnant…if I am able to stay in school, it is thanks to the Batonga program, and I am grateful.”

Meet Asqual, a Batonga Scholar in Ethiopia

Asqual is a 21-year-old student from Ethiopia.  Her mother and father were not able to provide for all their family’s needs so Batonga started supporting Asqual when she was in grade 10. Through hard work and perseverance she is now a 4th year civil engineering student at Wolaita Sodo University and is apprenticing at a housing development agency. She aspires to complete her program, support poor and needy children, and become self-sufficient.

“I want to say thank Batonga for their continued support. I have no words to express my appreciation.”

Meet Ghislaine, a Batonga Scholar in Cameroon

Ghislaine is an 18-year-old student from Cameroon. She is an orphan and currently lives with her uncle. With the help of Batonga, Ghislaine is going to secondary school in addition to participating in a business internship.  She wants to be a businesswoman one day.



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