“Since I joined Tewa, my life has changed. I have learned a lot of skills.” Phensera
Phensera is the eldest of her mother’s two daughters. Her biological father left when she was only one, and since then, her mother has struggled every day to feed her and give her a decent life. Today, Phensera is training for a career in the hospitality sector at Tewa Training Centre in Kenya. She will soon be able to support her mother and her family.
When she was young, Phensera’s primary education was paid for by her stepfather, but when she finished secondary school in 2016, her mother was struggling to sell milk from the two cows she owned. There was not enough money for her to keep studying.
At that time, her grandmother also had a stroke and became paralysed. After that, Phensera stayed home to take care of her. “For two years, I was not able to go back to study, as I was the only one who could take care of my grandmother. I felt very bad when I saw my classmates going to college, and I wished that one day I would also make it there,” she explains.
When her grandmother got better, Phensera’s mother heard of Tewa Training Centre from a friend: a good school that would give her daughter a chance to thrive in the hospitality sector. Phensera was quickly accepted into the school after an interview.
Phensera’s mother was able to pay for the first term, but sadly one of her cows died shortly after, leaving her with no means to support her family or her daughter’s education. Made aware of these circumstances, the management team at Tewa decided to support her studies until her graduation, with WONDER’s help.
During her time at Tewa, Phensera has learned a number of skills that will help her through her life and career. “Since I joined Tewa, my life has changed. I have learnt a lot of skills,” she explained. These include practical hospitality skills but also strong values of sharing and perseverance. “I have also learned how to relate with people from different backgrounds, and the mentoring system has helped me become a better person.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy, and Phensera’s family is still struggling with basic needs. However, Phensera is confident that she can change their situation once she finishes her training. “I have learned a lot in the course I am doing, making me more confident I will be able to succeed and support my family.”
“I would like to thank the donors for all the financial help they have given me. Without their help, my life would not have been as good as it is now,” Phensera said.
This year, WONDER has supported the education of 391 women, giving them a sustainable means to support their families and better their situation. With a quality education like the one offered by Tewa, young women can build a better future for their family and their community.
You can help women like Phensera by becoming a Thrive Fund member. The Thrive Fund is our community of monthly donors, whose generosity funds scholarships for women and girls across the globe.