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AKITOWA Gregoire

AKITOWA Gregoire

Nurse/Business owner

To begin with a little bit of my life; I was born on 1995 September 3 in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, the fifth child in my family.  I did my primary school studies in South Kivu from 2000 to 2008 at Imani Panzi Primary School and my secondary school at the Institut Technique Avenir where I graduated in 2014 with a state diploma in chemistry and biology in 2014. During my studies I lost my very dear mother who was my principal family support since my father had suffered from a stroke complicated by a hemiparalysis and he was an invalid for a long period of time, but by the grace of God he managed to  recover, and is now functioning normally. On 2014 November 5, a Catholic sister working on Idjwi, offered to pay for my tuition to pursue  further studies at UNILAI. Five months after beginning my university programme, the sister that was supporting me was transferred to Douala, Cameroun and as a result, things began to get difficult for me. She had paid for my first year of studies so I was able to finish that year.  After my sponsor  moved to Douala, she was involved in an accident which broke her hip and she was no longer able to support my studies.

In spite of my difficulties, I was able to get my bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2017 from the Layman’s University of Idjwi which is operated by PROLASA International. With the help of PROLASA, I was sponsored to pursue a Master’s degree in Paediatrics from the Institut Superieur des Techniques Medicales of Goma.  I was further encouraged by PROLASA to specialize in neonatology but unfortunately due to the social upset of the corona virus pandemic I have not been able to continue in my field of study.  Currently, I am running a small pharmacy and I am grateful for all the help I have received. I never imagined having all the qualifications I have without the motivation and support of PROLASA.

I can affirm without any hesitation that I have benefited greatly from the work of PROLASA and not only me, but numerous other young people have benefited in various fields of  their endeavours and I pray that God will continue to bless the organisation to help other young people in rural DRC to attain a higher education to improve the lives of their communities.

Lea Wasi

Lea Wasi

Studying Sustainable Development in Bukavu

The ways in which PROLASA has changed my life are innumerable, such as religion — spiritual growth, health, intellectual growth.  It has opened many opportunities and possibilities which God has provided.  I have also had the opportunity to meet many people.  I have learn how to live life to the fullest.

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