DAD Thomas Ak is attending Grade 12 with his eldest son Justin at Togoba Secondary School.
Mum Belinda is in Grade 11 at the Flexible Open Distance Education.
Daughter Sharon is in Grade 10 at the Lower Nebilyer Provincial High School.
Everyone is going to school – thanks to a businessman who is paying their schools fees. Norman Finance Ltd managing director Gabriel Andandi came to the aid of the family from Lower Nebilyer in Western Highlands when he became aware of their situation.
Dad Thomas says:
“ My heart is deeply touched and I am crying because of his very special and unique heart. We are deeply touched and humbled.”
Forget about the food garden or the marketing. They can be done after school. Right now, the priority is education.
And dad Thomas is over the moon.
“First of all, I thank the good Lord above for everything. I thank Him for giving us a unique man like Mr. Gabriel Andandi in our society. Thank you Mr. Andandi for the initiative that you have taken to carry the burden of the unfortunate ones.”
Andandi is not a close relative nor a tribesman. He just wanted to help a family championing education.
Dad Thomas dropped out of school after Grade 10 because his parents could not afford his school fee as they were too old.
He stayed in the village and married Belinda.
“While in the village, I started to notice that the country is changing. Some of my colleagues who have successfully completed their education were adapting to the changes easily.
“For me doing nothing and staying in the village forever will not do anything good to me. I realised I had to go back to school.
“I thought about it every day. I wanted to go back to school so I did. It was a very tough decision that I have made but we have managed to come this far.”
Belinda from Southern Highlands began her education in the Kagua district from elementary up to grade nine. She too had to drop out of school because of fee problems.
“As I lived with Thomas, I used to see my old school mates living happily after completing their education. It motivated me to continue my education because I never failed my studies at any one time. It was just because of the school fee problems that forced me out. Those thoughts became stronger in my heart and it motivated me to pursue my education.”
Dad, mum, son and daughter are continuing their education this year and are determined to do well and complete their studies.
And they cannot thank the good businessman who is helping them by paying their fees. He has also been helping hundreds of others by financially supporting their education.
Dad Thomas said: “My heart is deeply touched and I am crying because of his very special and unique heart. We are deeply touched and humbled.”