“I grew up on the Copperbelt in a small town called Mufulira. When I turned 14, my parents got separated. My mother, brother and I then moved to Ndola. I started my senior secondary school education at Dominican Convent Secondary School. It is from this school that I realised my interest for Science. I enjoyed being a member of the Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists’ club. In addition, the school gave me an opportunity to develop my swimming skills.

I long to add more value to my mind whenever I can. Learning more and going the extra-mile, I believe, will help me make a positive difference in my community. I would like to explore more in Mathematics and Science and hopefully one day specialise in a field involving both. Civil Engineering, Architecture, Medical Biophysics, Pharmacy or General Medicine are all fields I would not mind taking up.

With the help of my sponsoring organisation, Our Moon, I plan on getting admitted into a university where I can get a world class education. The organisation has already started to develop my critical thinking and writing skills. I am privileged to be an Our Moon Scholar. The organisation has also given me an opportunity to study A-levels; these are just the first steps in preparing me for my future.

My hope for Zambia is for it to have more citizens carrying out research work on different issues faced by the country. I recently carried out some research on the challenges and coping resources of street children and managed to come up with realistic recommendations on how to possibly address the street child phenomenon. I can only imagine the many problems that could be solved if more people listened to those unheard voices and took action.”

Our Moon is helping Thando to realise her potential through assisting her in developing key academic and wider critical thinking skills. This will aid her in securing a place at a prestigious university. We have helped her in undertaking her A-levels which are the beginning of her journey towards a bright future.

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