Alice is a 15 year-old junior high student and is one of OVP’s outstanding scholarship recipients. This is her story.
Alice Blango has just finished attending OVP’s summer school in Jokibu and wrote this special message to OVP supporters:
“I thank you for the opportunity you have given in our village. Our parents are very poor and cannot afford our education and school fees, so I thank you very much for helping us attend school.
I also met one girl last summer from America. Her name was Nicole Kozlak. She was very beautiful, and she helped our class learning English when she was here. She was a very good teacher! I greet her and hope that she can come back to stay with me again.
Again, thank you from all of us in the villages. You make our lives better every day.”
During school Alice got plenty of practice with English. In fact, the day of her interview, Alice proudly informed us that, “Today, we learned about worms and how they will come out of the ground after it rains, all in English.” Alice even got practice reading, her favorite summer school activity. This summer students have read stories including ‘Sam the Cat’, ‘Potatoes’, ‘The Worms’, and ‘The Frog’.
As a class six student, Alice received the highest score on the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) test out of all the schools where OneVillage Partners works. On top of this, she is a very respectful student.
Alice is the adopted daughter of Baindu, a villager living in Jokibu. Alice returns to Jokibu to stay with Baindu during the summer and holidays because her biological mother is no longer with her family. During the school year Alice lives with her father and four other siblings in Kenema, a village about two hours away from Jokibu.