Evelina Ekanga, a student of the Welwitschia Health Training centre in Windhoek, is appealing to good Samaritans to help pay off her study debt, amounting to N$27 000.
The third-year student, pursuing her studies in Nursing Science, said she could not write her final examination in March because of the outstanding amount she owes the institution.
“I am currently sitting at home since March – not going to school because I missed the exam. My mom, who has been paying for my school, is unable to pay anymore because her finances have been affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic,” she said.
Ekanga scored 26 points in six subjects but could not get funding from the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), because the institution funds students with 25 points in five subjects.
“I have also been trying, by all means possible, to raise funds for my studies. However, the amount is too much; therefore, I am humbly asking for financial assistance so that I go back to school and write the exam that is coming up at the beginning of August 2021.”
The 25-year-old student said she depends only on her mother, as her other relatives cannot provide much support.
Speaking to Youth Corner, Ekanga’s mother, Elizabeth Reinhold, described her daughter as a “hardworking child”.
“She has been performing well in school since the first year, and I am sure she will put the funds to good use. I used to fund her studies with the little income I get. However, since the beginning of the pandemic, I was unable to afford it,” she said.
Ekanga aspires to be a nurse and make a difference in people’s lives daily.