By Isaac Porimpe Sogoba; Edited by Leanna Cappiello
Niame, 11 years old, was once a borderline street child.
Her father, Namakan, lost his left eye and went blind due to a terrible accident a few years ago. As the main breadwinner of the family, his wife and four children still depended on him to earn an income. To help meet the family’s financial demands, Niame would accompany her father every day, guiding his arm so he could beg for money.
Nowadays, her life shows promise for an education.
A neighbor and friend of the family, Trahore, noticed that Niame was quite bright and had the potential for a formal education. As a school promoter through World Vision, he asked her father if he was interested in enrolling his daughter in a school. Trahore even offered to sponsor her. Namakan gratefully accepted his offer, and Niame began studying.
Niame’s potential as a promising student began to show. Immediately, she was recognized among the top five students in her class.
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Niame continues to be sponsored through World Vision, which enables her to continue studying and build her very own future. Since her father’s blindness still requires some assistance, and Niame faithfully accompanies him on some evenings and weekends. "I continue to walk with my father and have to beg for money,” says Niame. She continues to excel in school, which encourages her in her hard work and balance. She’s happy that the financial burden for her studies doesn’t fall upon her father anymore
One of her favourite things about being in school is the chance to read a variety of books. "Every week I take one or two books to the library. These books help me a lot. I'm amongst the best in my class,” says Niame.
Namakan is extremely proud of his daughter for all her efforts in building her future. Niame’s time with her father, combined with her excelling education, has inspired a new dream in her: "I would like to become a medical doctor to take care of the poor, especially [elders] and children.”