It was a big change and challenge when Monica and Masabuka left Mayega two years ago to start their courses at Nyakato College in Mwanza. Swopping rural life for college in the city would be a challenge for anyone, and early on in her studies Monica captured the situation beautifully:
‘I have been at college since January. I am progressing well but I feel like a stranger because everything is new in my eyes. I had never been to a city before and Mwanza is very different from the village.’
Our two young people adapted so well that the college principal has said many times what wonderful ambassadors Monica and Masebuka are for Mayega, and how he would welcome other students from the Children’s Centre.
Their success is also a testimony to the Busega Scotland Moving-on Project, and the practical, social and emotional support it provides. Pastor Deuli, his wife, Jane, Julieth and Kabula are always on hand, along with college staff, to help with any difficulties that arise.
Two years down the line, Nyakato students celebrated the end of their studies in a very joyful, musical and colourful occasion. Our other Moving-on students, and project staff, attended the event to congratulate Monica and Masebuka on completing their National Certificate courses. They have their final exams to look forward to and then will be qualified, respectively, as an electrician and motor mechanic.