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Humanitarian Footprint: Meet Uma

Uma grew up in the Northwest region of Cameroon, an English-speaking region in the predominately French country. Uma has never traveled out of this region and has a younger brother and sister which she looks after. Her parents are illiterate, her mother is a tailor and her father trades used automotive parts near a local taxi stand in the Town Square. For fun, Uma swims in rivers and loves to get lost in novels.

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Since Uma can remember, she has had an appreciation for learning and a strong desire to spend time with animals. She’s always dreamt of someday becoming a veterinarian.

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Uma’s parents struggled to afford school fees for her, however they managed to get her into a secondary school. Dissatisfied with the schools education and ashamed of having spent her families total income on poor education, Uma has spent the past 4 years shoring up knowledge gaps by using the Himalayan Institute’s Public Library.

“My school did not teach me to use computers. This is unfortunate as computer literacy is a prerequisite for attending veterinary college. I study on the libraries computers and have taught myself computer sciences”.

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Uma has just completed secondary school and announced her plans to attend a veterinary school in 2014. She knows it is her turn to pay this blessing forward by going to college, getting a job and supporting her younger siblings through school.

We are proud of Uma for setting and reaching her goal and we know she’ll thrive in the university… Go Uma!

 

 

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