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Getting Rich Or Making Change...

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Friends and family members always ask me the reason I prefer volunteer during my school holidays. According to them— why do I have to work for free when other students get jobs and make some money mostly in long holidays. Some are even suggesting that if I really care about children and elderly people this much, I could get job, work hard and help them with half my earnings. It is not a bad idea but I still waiting any of them to hire me or recommend me for a serious job that can help me and all the vulnerable people around me. Today however, I thought I needed to provide a more meaningful answer to all of them and I will make sure they all read this blog.

Every child has an ambition growing up and I certainly had one and still has. When I started my secondary school a few years back my ambition was not to become a successful entrepreneur or a movie star. I was 12 then and the technology was taking the world by storm; social media and smartphone among others. Skype and Facebook were on every youth's lips who wanted to appear cool and geek. Not only I knew I could not keep up with that luxury at that age in social hardship. I also knew I might never own a phone or a Facebook account for the rest of my life. After all, I had not been successful in my national examination ending my 6 years primary education. This meant I was only entitled to the very basic educational program known as 9YBE ( 9 Years Basic Education). My math and English skills were as bad as you could imagine for a 12 years old. But sometime you only need simple words of inspiration or short real life story to make change and turn your life around. My inspirational seeds came from my grand Dad who had always been supportive throughout my childhood. As if He knew he was going to pass away, he told me those keywords when you hear them you know they were just designed to you and you only albeit you would probably never hear them again. I am not ready yet to share into details my chat with my grand dad but at the end of the conversation he did give me a pen and a notebook —with a firm handshake adding that— '' This will only be your future and your granddad when I am gone''. The following weeks and months remained tougher and life uncertain for both for me and my family but my grand dad's seeds kept me going. But the question I keep asking myself is... Will my grand dad's inspiration help achieving something remarkable that  will make change in my country and in the world as a whole?

From substandard to science

My dedication and hard work in 9YBE was rewarded when after the national examination ending the ordinal level I passed with colours and I was transferred  to a public school studying one of the science combinations. Math, Physics and Geography. Since then I never looked back as I was then on the right track. Last year my family decided I needed to improve my english and joined the British council's english programme in Muhima. The 6 months long at the British council have proved to be a life changing experience as it has given me communication skills and confidence  to be able to share my ideas off and online. I am also very thankful to Jean Mcallister who has been and still helping me with my public speaking and creative writing skills. I can't wish for a better english mentor. Jean — a PhD in English moved to Rwanda in 2006 and started a network of local associations called Arise and Shine serving women and children at risk. Despite her busy schedule , she finds spare time, twice a week to work with me. I am confident the skills I am getting from Jean will be crucial as I prepare for University next year.

Making change to yourself and to your community.

I know for a fact that people who work hard to change the world for the better, the world ends up changing them for the best.




Aline Joyce Berabose is a keen reader and writer. She writes about issues related to youth and peace building. At 17, she has developed interest in blogging and global issues at early age. One of the brightest scholars in science, Multilingual and good communicator, Aline Joyce is involved in several activities including volunteering and debating.