Debora is an eight year old girl who comes from an impoverished family of five children. The family fell into desperate times in 2016 when they lost what livestock they had due to sudden torrential rains. In January 2019 Debora’s father ran away, abandoning the family. Debora’s mother felt he left due to the frustration of not being able to support his family. Debora’s older brothers had to drop out of school in order to go with their mother to local farms to look for casual labor to put food on the table. Debora’s mother believes in education and struggled to send all of her children to school. In the family’s present situation though, she is no longer able to afford school fees. An MGEF board member was contacted about Debora’s situation and that she was not able to return to school. When the MGEF staff arrived at Debora’s home, they discovered that she had a twin sister. Realizing that her twin sister, Neema, was not able to return to school either, they felt it unfair to accept one twin and not the other. Therefore, MGEF decided to accept both girls and they both returned to school January 2020.
Date of Birth: 4/10/2012
Started Program: January 2020
Start Grade: 1st Grade (Class 1)
Current Grade: 2nd Grade (Class 2)
School: Ilmao Primary