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I am Latifah. I am 15 years old.
Since I was a young child, I grew up without a father. I was in a poor family but I never lost hope. I had to struggle so hard to get school fees and what to eat. My mother and I worked hard to meet our basic needs like food, shelter and clothing. Some people got married at an early age at my home, others got pregnant, but I remained strong for my family. I continued to work hard to get school fees and food. Despite being poor, I was determined not to join bad groups.
Though people discouraged me, I remained strong because I knew what I wanted in life. I moved on with my work and didn’t focus on their point of view. With God’s help, I achieved what I was struggling for, which was to get an education.
I believe in the fact that life is a journey and so one ought to behave and have discipline in order to succeed.
I live with my mother and brothers in a house where I am the only girl and the last-born. I am so proud of my mother because she has taught me how to work hard and be determined in life. She is a single mother and does everything in her power to educate, feed and take care of us.
She taught me how to work. I started helping her sell in her vegetable shop and also sell to nearby places. In doing so, we earned money that catered for us and also built the house where we live currently. Life has not been easy though, but we believe that all is possible with God.
I hope whoever passes through a situation learns from it and stays strong for his or her loved ones.
My name is Akankunda Shilla.
I am in primary six.
I was born in a family of four children, and l am the first-born. We have the same mum but different fathers.
I was studying in a GOVERNMENT school but, when l entered the Rhythm of Life programme, l started studying in a PRIVATE school. From there, l started performing well and l got many things like notebooks, rulers and other things. My mum and l are happy for the great work Rhythm of Life has done.