Meet our Scholarship Recipients
Scholarships continue to be an urgent and pressing need, and the #1 priority of Africa University.
As a pan-African institution, Africa University is committed to a diverse student population drawn from all of Africa and from all socio-economic backgrounds. This diversity is what makes Africa University unique on the African continent; it is the "AU difference"; it is what attracts the multi-national corporations to actively recruit AU graduates. To maintain this diversity within our student population, scholarships are a necessity and continue to be a pressing and urgent need.
Clare Paidamoyo Katiyo
Dear Rev. Dr. A. Lynn Hill and the Franklin First Church family:
It is with pleasure that I write to make you aware of my happiness and to offer thanks to you and the entire church family for the annual scholarship you have provided to me to be able to pursue my studies at Africa University. I would like you to know that your support was crucial to the recovery of my life, and I shall always remember your generosity and kindness.
I had lost hope to a bright future or at least a decent life. I had nothing to promise or to give to my son when he grew up. I was alone and I prayed for a miracle. Then a miracle happened! The miracle was YOU. It was unbelievable. Someone miles away, who did not even know I existed , showed that they cared for me. You really made a difference in my life and lived the Word according to 1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." Thank you very much for your encouragement.
I am currently doing my internship at Kwekwe General Hospital which is a government institution. It is a referral centre situated at the heart of Zimbabwe in the Midlands Province. I am exposed to and participate in almost all administrative and managerial activities through the delegation process. I have a good, supportive, and co-operating Mentor. Some of my many responsibilities include providing secretarial support to the Health Service Administrator, attending meetings, making rounds for infection control inspections, etc.
I will graduate June 8, 2013. I hope you will gladly attend. After graduation, I hope to continue with my studies for a Master's degree in international health. I am greatly interested in global issues, and this would add more weight to my undergrad degree. If I am unable to continue with my post-graduate education, I will look for a job and work to gain more experience and expertise.
God bless you for always being there I can't imagine the world without you. I only know it would be a much different, less comforting place.
Please find attached copies of my results for the 2011-2012 academic year. I made the Dean's List second semester!
Clare Paidamoyo Katiyo
Direct Scholarship Recipient
Arthur Machanzi was born on 19 October 1989 in Zimbabwe's capital of Harare. He is the fifth born in a family of six- three boys and three girls.
Arthur is an orphan. He lost his mother to breast cancer in 2001, and his father died of a stroke in 2003.
Arthur did his education at St. Ignatius College, where he was active in Athletics, the Interact Club, and Toast Master's Society.
At Africa University, Arthur is in the second semester of his first year. He is enrolled in the Faculty of Management and Administration. He is currently studying for a bachelor's degree in Economics. Apart from his academic life on campus, Arthur is a Student Ambassador in the Office of Information and Public Affairs, a programme which aims to mentor young people in leadership development. He is also a member of the Africa University choir where he sings tenor. He hopes to learn to play the guitar.
Arthur hopes to become a renowned Economist at the completion of his University programme.
His hobbies are playing soccer and athletics.
Mukalay Loris Banza
Mukalay Loris Banza was born on November 27, 1988 in the Kivu Province of the north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the first-born in a family of eight.
At 16, Mukalay and his family moved to a refugee camp in Kigoma, Tanzania because of incessant political disturbances and rebel attacks. Because of the transitory nature of their lives and the displacement that the family experienced, his parents have not been able to make a meaningful living in Tanzania. Hope still remains of returning home to the DRC once the political situation improves.
Mukalay was admitted to Africa University in August 2009, where he is currently undergoing training in intensive English to prepare him for undergraduate studies in Health Services Management. He hopes to complete his programme in 2014, and return home to the DRC.
Because of his experiences in refugee camps, Mukalay believes that good health, clean water, and proper sanitation are imperative for human survival. He hopes to be an advocate for access to clean water and proper sanitation in refugee camps in Africa after the completion of his studies.
He is a member of the United Methodist Church of Mwunga in Kigoma.
Sophie Mundeke, (26), is a third year female student who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was born in the city of Lubumbashi in the DRC. She comes from a polygamous family of 21 children, (her father had three wives), but in her nuclear family, they are eight: two boys and six girls. Sophie is the last born. Five of her siblings reached their ordinary level certificates, and the other two dropped out of school during their elementary school days. Sophie is the second daughter in her family to get a university degree.
Her mother is a nurse and is close to retirement age. Her father was a high school teacher, but he died in 2002 of a heart attack, leaving her mother to fend for the children. "After the death of my father, life was hard for the family; life became very tough," Sophie shared. She says she is grateful to her sponsors for the support of her education. "I am thankful to all of you. I was not supposed to be at this stage because the death of my father came as a surprise to my family, and my mother wasn't prepared to face the challenges alone. But I thank God that you were there to assist me."
Sophie is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Health Sciences where she is undertaking a Bachelor of Health Services Management degree programme. She hopes to graduate in June 2011 and enroll for a master's degree in Public Health.
Sophie says her future focus is on assisting vulnerable sections of society such as women and children, and she says she would also like to start programmes on women empowerment once she returns home to the DRC.
On campus, Sophie is a member of the Volunteer in Mission group, an on-campus student group which aims to assist underprivileged members of society. During the Easter holidays, the VIM group donated basic food supplies to the Zororai Old People's Home located in Mutare's high density suburb of Sakubva. Sophie is also an Intercessor at the Kwang Lim chapel.
Sophie's hobbies are listening to music. She says she would also like to learn how to swim.
In the Congo, Sophie and her family attend the Jerusalem United Methodist Church located in the South Katanga Province.
Catherine M'manjamwada is 34 years old, and was born in Blantyre, Malawi in 1975. She is married with three children. She is a Malawian national and is currently a civil servant working in the Ministry of Health as a State Registered Nurse and mid wife.
She attended St Michael's Girls Secondary School from 1991-1995, after which she enrolled in the Nursing Training School at Holy Family School, where she qualified in 1998 as a nurse and midwife technician. From September 1999, she worked at St Luke's Mission hospital in Blantyre, and in 2001, she joined the Malawi government's ministry of health and was deployed to Kamuzu Central Hospital. She is currently working as a nurse at Chiradzulu district hospital in Blantyre.
In 2004, she enrolled at Malawi College of Health Sciences and upgraded her profession, emerging with a University of Malawi diploma in Nursing and Mid wifery.
She is currently enrolled as a student in the Post basic Nursing degree programme at Africa University in the faculty of health sciences.