After leaving the clinic today with some 'mixed feelings', unhappy. I decided to make some official transaction, by taking a trip to one of the authorized banks to purchase the GCE form for our intended less-priviledged young people, as we would be issuing the forms out to potential beneficiaries, next week.
While at the bank, there came in a young man, Victor with his mum to purchase the GCE form, also! The mama looks fragile, having one of her hands, bandaged, with a piece of jacket covering it.
We waited patiently for the bank official to attend to us, together.
Eventually, it was Victor and his mama's turn to make the purchase, while, I waited for our receipt of transaction. Unfortunately, the bank official would not attend to Victor because mama had N7, 000 instead of N11, 600 for the purchase! She tried so much to explain to the bank official why she had insufficient funding, explaining her ordeals, and how Victor could not register for the 2015 WASSCE/WAEC with his colleagues earlier this year, still, because she could not afford the fee. Her story was touching, with tears in her eyes, I listened up.
Disappointedly, the bank official told mama, that there was nothing he could do to help …'well, what a great coincidence, as Street to School official, like me, was present! This is our student, the kind of young people we seek to support', I thought. Eventually, I had a conversation with mama and son, assuring them of our sponsorship. She least expected it, she was stunned, and SO appreciative. The smile on her face was enough to swiftly translate my initial mixed feeling to a happy moment. She expressed unspeakable joy..
On Monday, we would be giving Victor alongside other young people, the GCE e-cards for registration. Once again, our profound gratitude to YOU our sponsors for making this possible. Thank you Mr. A.O, Ms. Funmi Fadare, Mr. Emmanuel and Mr. A. Thank you for doing this. Thank you SO much for rekindling hope.
We appreciate you all. God bless.
PS: Photographs attached show Victor, his mum and Tosin Taiwo.