Where Are They Now: Aubrey
Location: VOH Kitwe
First came to VOH: 2004, age 10
Tell us a bit about your life and how you came to Village of Hope…
I lost my parents in 1997 when I was 3 years old. I was adopted by my grandparents in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. I stayed with them for 6 years without being able to attend school. When I was 9 years old somebody from within my compound which is Racecourse shared the news to grandma about Village of Hope. My grandma didn’t hesitate; she started looking for a place for me to enrol in School. A year later I was accepted and by then I was 10 years old. When I was told that now I will be coming to school and I did not need to pay anything, I was very happy. My grandparents continued to encourage me to work hard in school and also told me to always appreciate the opportunity I was given.
What are you doing now and what are your plans for the future?
Currently, I’m a student at the Kachimfya transition program here at VOH Kitwe. We are being empowered in entrepreneurship skills. We do Computer Studies, Business, and Agriculture.
I always dreamt of becoming an engineer. Since God has helped me in school and I managed to have good grade 12 results, I have applied to one of the Universities in Zambia. I am hoping and praying that I will be accepted.
How would you say Village of Hope has helped you?
Village of Hope is everything to me. I started School in grade 1 and completed my grade 12 here at VOH. I have been helped in so many ways. I have been given education and have been helped spiritually. They showed me the love of God and I have learnt to grow in the fear of God.
The foundation I obtained from here has brought me this far. Many of my friends are engaged in doing all sorts of bad behaviour, but this Jesus I know has made me who I am now. Thank you, God, for Village of Hope!
*Note: some edits have been made to this interview only for the purpose of translation and readability. No facts or details have been altered or removed.