Student Stories


Emmanuel Kurwa
Life in rural Tanzania can be very tough at the best of times. however, when you happen to be an orphan without adult extended family, and with the added responsibility of younger family members to care for, the bar is raised even higher. Such was the case for Emmanuel who, at the age 23, had been carrying such a load of responsibility for many years on his young shoulders. Although a very bright boy, there had been no opportunity for education beyond primary school and a future of grinding poverty seemed to be the lot for him and his siblings. That is until Emmanuel heard of Katoke-Lweru Secondary School, where sponsorship from Australia was available, a first-class education was on offer and where he could begin to experience a level of emotional, material and spiritual support which as an orphan he had so greatly missed.

Emmanuel has now completed his secondary education and whilst at the school has thrived to become a leader of others and with his life’s goal oriented to help and serve other orphans as he has been helped. He is awaiting his academic results following completion of Form Six and his hope is to enter tertiary training so that he can be fully equipped to achieve his goal of service to others. Through sponsorship, Emmanuel’s life and the lives of his remaining family and wider community now holds hope for a much brighter future.