I am Joseph Ndabahariye, a 24 year old native of Nyagakenke Village, Muramba Sub-county, Kisoro district. I am currently pursuing a Diploma in Tourism at the African College of Commerce.
How I came to know Mgahinga Community Development Organisation (MCDO)
When I completed primary school in 2002, I failed to join secondary school because my parents were unable to raise my school fees. In 2004 I started looking for a part time job and secured one at Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp (AICC), a job I got under parental and compassionate consideration. Through my work at AICC, I had an opportunity to interact with Philip Sebagenzi, the camp manager whom I narrated my problem of lack of school fees and my dreams to go back to school. Philip went a step further to connect me with Festo Kamanzi, MCDO’s sponsorship coordinator.
Luckily enough, on a late Wednesday evening in January 2005, Festo and Philip visited my parents at home. During the visit, Festo revealed to my parents that MCDO was going to help and take me back to school and pay my school fees. On seeing how I had spent more than two years out of school, my parents and I rejoiced after getting the news from Festo. The following day, I reported for school at Kabindi Secondary School where I joined senior one. Since then, MCDO has been paying my school fees and I am now happy that I will be graduating soon with a Diploma in Tourism at the African College of Commerce, Kabale. This education will allow me to pursue my career interests in travel and tourism.
As it is always said that "everything comes when a man can wait" I pledge to brave rain and sun shine, pass through thick and thin situations to work together with my fellow sponsorship program beneficiaries to support MCDO. With those few remarks I would like to take the honor to extent my heartfelt and sincere appreciation to the MCDO staff for their tireless efforts in supporting my education. I also thank all MCDO partners and sponsors for their generous support in ensuring that access to education in Kisoro remains possible.