Dorcas’s Story

Through participation in the Nzuru Threads project, Dorcas Kiluba, 19, is learning about financial literacy, sewing and hand embroidery. Before joining the center, Dorcas was forced to stop her education due to lack of financial aid. Thanks to the support of Kalebuka Football for Hope Center, Dorcas is able to develop her love for sewing.

This is Dorcas’ story.

I was born in June 2000, in the northern part of the former Katanga province. I come from a family of six children including 4 boys and 2 girls. I love my family and my parents who are both farmers.

In 2007, my parents moved my family from the village to Lubumbashi. Unfortunately, life became very tough in this city which resulted in another move to a small village near Lubumbashi. It was there, I started my primary school education until 2011.

After settling in the small village near Lubumbashi, I continued with my studies in grade 4 primary school. In 2017, when I was beginning my grade 3 high school education, my father had travelled for work and became very ill on his return. As a result of this, my father was no longer able to work and could not afford to pay for my school. This left me with no choice but to stay at home and help my mother with her daily household tasks.

I was very unhappy so I started to look for an education center where I could learn to sew instead of staying at home. I had heard about the Kalebuka Football Football for Hope center and immediately joined the Nzuri Threads project, which taught financial literacy, sewing and hand embroidery. I was so happy to meet everybody at the center. I am inspired to this day by my financial literacy facilitator and I also wish to take leadership in sewing.

The center helped me to discover that I am really good at sewing. This is why I decided to dedicate my life to developing my sewing skills.

By donating to the Kalebuka Football for Hope Center, you can help more children, like Dorcas, get the education, and future, they deserve. Each dollar makes a difference, changing students’ lives, building communities, and fuelling a generation of change-agents.