The dreams of the future are indeed better than the history of the past and a strong imagination relinquish the grief of the heart! These were the case with two sisters, Memunah and Alima (19 and 18 years) who have since 4 years ago become residents of the Durumi Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) Camp, Abuja Nigeria. Growing up in Gosa, Bornu State Nigeria, they had both experienced an ordinary childhood growing up like every other child and having high expectation of the future. They were both students of Gosa School, before the crisis which took their beautiful neighborhood also confined them to the camp. “The days were beautiful”, they recalled as they talked about their town and all it used to be to them, a place known as home, filled with friends and family with expected level of comfort. The loss of such beauty is enough trauma for a child, substituting growing up in a planned environment with friends and family with an IDP camp where nothing is really certain.
Alima at 18, is still in her first year in a secondary school, a major setback as an average 18 year old in Nigeria is expected to be in higher institution of learning. Yet, she showed so much assurance and hope for the future as opposed the general feelings of despondency that would be expected in such situation. She has never owned a phone or used a mobile application but she still holds unto her dream of becoming a computer engineer. She believes her imagination will triumph over experience. This confidence is rare especially for a girl child who is expected to dream less considering her circumstances and age.
Both Alima and her sister Memunah have dreams and aspiration for the future despite their predicament and social challenges. Alima, shared with us her love for science and her top 3 science professions. But then, when asked how she would achieve these dreams, her countenance changed as she said, faintly, that she will settle for the most achievable one and be satisfied as long as she is able to impact her community. Alima is just one out of many potential engineers, innovators and scientist that are being limited through social and economic hardship. Many high-potential disadvantaged Nigerian girls remain in IDP camps across the country till date with no opportunities, nevertheless they keep dreaming, like every other girl child and their dreams are not displaced.
They have hopes for the future and are desirous of developing their skills no matter the condition of life.
WAAW foundation remembers the voices of African girls who are continually hindered from reaching their full potential and seek out to ensure that these victims are not limited in their pursuit of unprecedented heights particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related discipline. We provide college and secondary school scholarship for African girls who are evidently compelled with financial difficulties and economic hardship.
Through our STEM camp program for secondary school girls, we give girls a chance to explore STEM disciplines while being introduced to technologies that use locally available resources to solve significant problems in their local communities. Our intention is to immerse African girls into entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation. Subscribe to our newsletter and like us on Facebook, to receive updates on how WAAW Foundation will be supporting Alima and other young girls at the IDP camp.