"I didn't know what to do after High School because my family couldn't afford to send me to college. One day, I was working as a housemaid for my aunt’s friend who referred me to my school because she knows about our family situation. The most interesting thing that I learned is to put love on what I am doing. My favourite part of my study is baking, because we were asked to be creative in our designs. My mentor helps me a lot. She always guides me especially in times of failure and problems. My mother succumbed to cancer last summer and my mentor was there to advise about how to face my problems and to be strong. With her help, I learned to persevere. I want to work in the food industry to help my family in their needs and so that I can help my siblings to finish their studies."
“This year, I hope to be able to finish my studies. I hope that thanks to the generosity of people, I will become a great professional. These are examples of a thousand and one stories heard at college, in person. Since I arrived to study here I am amazed by how much each student brings, but we also cannot forget what each one takes when they leave here: understanding, friendship, human and professional training. We could say that the work done at our institution is a medium-term investment but one that is worth investing in, because the lives of many people and the development of a country which are at stake.”
"I came from a simple family, but after typhoon Haiyan, my father had a hard time in earning money to sustain our daily needs. When I finish my studies I want to find a job related to my course in order for me to help my family even in little ways. One of my ambitions is to help my siblings finish their studies so that they can have a better future someday."
"I like helping people and believe that taking care of a healthy or ill person is priceless. Nursing in the Congo is not well regarded, but I like it, and I think that if I take advantage of these years of training and learn to work well, people’s perspective on the profession can change. I’m aware that all the activities that ISSI organises are contributing not only to my nursing training, but also to my development as a person.
I’m deeply grateful for the help that I’m receiving, and I’d like to encourage you to keep supporting us. Without your help I would not be studying at ISSI. In the Congo, a well-trained nurse can save countless lives."
“I was born in a family of nine siblings, and I am the sixth. Although my parents don’t possess the financial means for me to study, I nevertheless sat the entrance exams for nursing. I have been able to start the course. ISSI has spoken to me about the possibility of a scholarship, so I have leapt at the opportunity. I dream of being able to finish and to be able to help others. For this to be possible, I rely on the help of other people. It's curious, but when you are in need, it is easier to put yourself in the place of someone who suffers. It makes you more human and that is why I think I will like nursing.”
“I thought it was impossible for me to pursue my studies because of financial problems, but now I can. Having a mentor while I study is very good - she makes me a better person. My favourite memory of studying and during my on the job training was gaining a lot of lessons from my colleagues such as, respecting each other, learning some work techniques. I was able to learn how to deal with my co-workers and on how to obey my supervisors. All of my experiences reminds me to do my best and for me to improve my work skills. When I finish, I want to get lots of experience in restaurants so that I can work on a cruise ship someday. My brother and mother inspire me to finish my studies and to help my siblings who are still studying.”
“I was admitted into Lantana College and my dreams of a brighter future for me and my family has become a reality. I am very grateful for this opportunity. Lantana is already making an impact not just on my family but on the entire neighbourhood. I have started putting into practice what I am learning in Lantana. I am very much concerned about cleanliness and hygiene and I am putting more effort in maintaining a clean environment. I hope to start producing snacks for sale so that I can get extra income for the family. I am determined to change the lot of my family with my education in Lantana.”
“I could not continue my education after secondary school due to my family’s tight finances. When I got to know about Lantana College and the good prospects it holds for the future, I did not hesitate to talk about it with my family. My mother was finding it difficult to pay my school fees so my aunty took up the responsibility of paying them. But my aunty died early this year and since then it has not been easy.
I was worried that I might have to drop out from the school. I was very happy when I was told that I was one of the students selected for a Wonder Foundation scholarship.
I believe that with the skills I am acquiring I will be able to do a lot after Lantana. I hope to get a job as soon as I finish my studies and I will be able to help my mother to educate my two brothers.”
“I came from a family where we can only just sustain our daily needs. Before I started studying here I had a hard times deciding whether to pursue my studies or not because of financial problems. My heart was filled with joy when someone texted me that I passed the
entrance Exam for BCPD. I am now thankful to have mentor who can lend me her ears when I have any concerns. When I finish my studies, I want to find a job that can help me to grant my family’s wish of having our own house.”