Scholarship Helps Teenage Breast Cancer Survivor Move Forward
Published: March 7, 2019, 2:27 p.m.
By Janice Malachi
Martina, a hearing impaired teenager, didn’t get to enjoy the carefree life of many 16-year-olds. There were days that she wished she was studying for exams or laughing with her friends in Jos.
Instead, she was battling breast cancer.
To save her life, her parents used their life’s savings. They sold the only plot of land they had for their daughter’s surgery.
The treatment succeeded, but her parents now had no resources for Martina to continue her education in a special school for students with disabilities.
A friend told Martina’s mother about Inclusive Friends Association and its Learning Together Project. The scholarship program helps special children complete their education, so they can have more opportunities in life.
Nigerian nonprofit Women Without Walls Initiative helps fund the Learning Together Project. So far, the project has helped 12 children with disabilities in Plateau State continue their education.
Now a year older and doing well in school, Martina dreams about becoming a medical doctor so that she can treat other children with disabilities. She also bakes, sews and makes beads and local soap to sell in her community to save enough money to accomplish her dream.
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Like many other couple, the joy of welcoming a baby knows no bounds but the knowledge of having a baby with an impairment comes with excruciating pains or even is regarded as a curse in some African societies.
‘I felt at that point like God decided to punish us for our sins’ Martina’s mum expressed despairingly. Not sure of what to do with Martina as she began to grow, her mother began to teacher all kind of trades. She did and taught her all the skills she thought she could so that her daughter will earn a living for herself as she grew.
Martina was taken to school for the first time at the age of eight when her parents learnt of an affordable special school in Gindirin the community where they live. Martina isn’t regarded as the brightest in her class but she learns enthusiastically, ‘she is also very reserved and her general conduct is satisfactory’ Mrs Dalong her principal attested.