Well today Mustaph arrived. He is now back at the Wisconsin International University College (WIUC) in Accra, the capital of Ghana. That bus trip is about 650 KM and takes over eight hours. After a rest this morning he then went to WIUC to see his academic counsellor, Dr. Patrick.
In addition to his 50 per cent scholarship in the double degree programme for Masters of Business Administration as well as Computer/Computer Science, Mustapha has been offered a position as assistant to the university Vice Chancellor as well as now teaching some courses. I have not yet received his average for the past term; however, it looks like it was better than the 97.5% he received in first term.
In this term Mustapha will be studying Programming, Financial Accounting, Quantitative Methods, Microeconomics, Computer Architecture and Organisation, Database, System Analysis and Design. That should keep him busy for a while.
At present his sister Ayisha and brother Aminu are in the midst of a three week break between terms; looking to return to school in mid-September and yes, both still at the top of their respective classes.
Do I sound proud at all of the positive use these orphans are making from the help I have been able to give them?
Oh my, a great deal has changed in the almost two years since this last post in 2013. I have to get into a habit of regularly posting to this blog. The photo above is from years ago. Mustapha, at 23, has for the past two months been at home in Tamale working in the junior high school, tutoring students who have been having problems with their courses. Mr. Newton, the Headmaster, is paying him $1,000.00 USD which is being applied against school fees I owe for both Ayishatu and Aminu. At the end of this month Mustapha will return to Wisconsin International University College, Ghana (WIUC) where he is heading into his third term in a double degree programme – Business Administration and Computer/Computer Science, the same programme into which he was accepted at both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. That would have been good, but without scholarship help I just could not do it. WIUC saw his marks and immediately called him and offered him a 50% scholarship. So far, his average in the above-mentioned double degree programme is 97.5% and these courses include both French and Chinese!
Ayisha is 19 and after finishing junior high school was referred to Bolga Girls Senior High School. This is the school which all the members of parliament daughters and other wealthy citizens attend. She is at the top of her class and is being groomed by the Headmistress and the Girls’ Prefect to possibly be the next Girls’ Prefect. It is so wonderful that her friends from school come to visit her in a poor area of Tamale, having been driven their in chauffeur-driven vehicles. I may have to pull her out of that school. The cost is just so onerous.
Aminu, actually a cousin to Staphi and Ayisha, is now 15. Since he started at the junior high school the students voted him Boys’ Prefect, a leadership role he has held since. He is top of his class as well.
Seeing marks in the nineties from these three children tells me I am doing the right thing. At one time, they and their Granny were sleeping in a bus garage and living on the streets. I must certainly thank Mother Sanatu (MS), the former landlord’s wife and Mr. Mahamura himself for the assistance they are giving to me. When Mustapha went to Accra to start school, this couple took Aminu and Ayisha into their home thus enabling him to rent the home in which Staph and Aminu had been living. When i can find the extra, I ensure that I send funds to Staph to give to MS in order to help with the extra food costs. The pharmacist also works with me as we have established a system to deal with the additional expenses Ayisha’s care entails.
I am so thankful to God for these kids; my ability to help give them a life and to those who assist me in doing so.
This is a photo of the three kids with their grandmother who sadly, passed away in March, 2012.
This photo was taken in January, 2012 after the kids Ayishatu and Aminu arrived home with their report cards. Granny died two months later at the age of 84 – a very old age for the Northern Territory of Ghana.