As part of our Developing Nations
Scholarship Program, LifeNets decided to help some of its students with laptop
computers support. We have helped in this in some of the countries we provide
scholarships. Some courses of study are quite computer intensive and
to have access to crowded computer labs often with outdated computers was not
helping their studies. A laptop computer accelerated their education. We
always provide a backpack so that the student can keep the computers close by.
In some cases we have also provided a bicycle to help the students with
transportation to school.
A Happy Conclusion to a
LifeNets Scholarship Experience
student, Cephas Chapamba who describes his graduation and future
Graduate Cephas Chapamba with
his wife Patrica
graduation was held at Malawi Adventist university, Lakeview campus, a constituent college of Malawi
Adventist University which is affiliated with Ballaton University of East
Africa and its headquarters in Kenya. The graduation took place on
Sunday 26 September 2010. The graduation saw me getting out of the
college corridors with a Diploma in Clinical Medicine. This will benefit
me a lot in the sense that my salary with the government will rise, my
responsibility at work will rise, my chance of expanding my business has
increased to almost 100%,above all the community I am saving will stop
travelling long distances in search of medical services since they have
one right in their community. Is this not wonderful? There are a lot of
benefits that could even feel this whole page, but the issue is that the
LifeNets has managed to bring a Clinical officer to the Malawi nation
and to UCG. My study period is 18 months intensive class work and 12 months
work experience which will end in June 2011. All this with funding from
LifeNets. Oh what a nice organization!
If you see
properly you will see that
almost four faces are dominating the pictures the one in black suit is me (Cephas)
and a lady with a purple suit and a white hat is my wife Patricia she
accompanied me to the ceremony since we are one body. The other man in
yellow shirt is my best friend now at Nkhotakota and the other lady is
his wife. (photo below).
You would be
surprised to hear that we did not know this family
until I went to school but when people see us, take us as brothers, we
visit their family and they also do the same, this means that
in addition to getting my diploma, the school has helped me add to
number of family friends. Others are friends and relatives who came to
witness the occasion, the notable names to you could be Gift Chikwera
and Kennedy Nyalubwe, and do you know that without your camera which was
given to Gift just 12 hours before graduation I would have a graduation
You would also be
interested to know
that after this diploma I have opened a lot of market for the clinic I
own. I will now be able to start inpatient department, to open a
maternity wing, to do some operations like hernia repairs, Caesarean sections,
just to mention a few. The government of Malawi has offered me a job which
shows that despite being in private sector the Malawi government is
still benefiting directly from my services.
Its exciting, I could write
pages, all this is to
show my appreciation to LifeNets, God bless LifeNets!
UPDATED November 11, 2010
Malawi: On September 20, 2010 we visited one of our scholarship
students at the Malawi Polytechnic College. His name is Madalidso Kazembe
(on the right) and the Dean of Students. Madalidso is a
very special young man from a small rural village. He grew up with no
electricity and no running water. Studying after dark is not possible. Now, he
is studying electrical engineering and doing very well. We were really
impressed by him and his desire to better himself. Bev and I brought over an
extra unallocated laptop computer and decided to give it to him. In technical
studies, ones own personal computer accelerates learning because you don’t
have to stand in line to use the computer lab at school. We met at the Dean’s
Office, Nellie Katenje who was very impressive.
Madalitso wrote to us:
"I would like to thank you so much for every effort you are conducting in order
to transform me into someone else. This means that to appreciate this, my
performance has to be as good as possible. But, to achieve this requires one to
have enough resources. This is so because as far as college students are
concerned, lack of enough materials in one subject can be a contributing factor
to poor performance is all subjects.
"I am finding problems in performing better in Computing Engineering which
involves designing engineering programs. As far as electrical engineering is
concerned having no computer is like walking without seeing where you are going.
Now my request from you si that I I may have a laptop then life will be very
easy. The laptop can assist me in the following fields:
"Perfoming better in computer course (engineering
programming) which istgo be acovered from now up to my final yhear.
"Can be an easy way to communicate with you the
"Library books are not enough in the library so having
a laptop menas you can have your own library by installing books in it.
"Lastly, let me thank you very much assisting me accordingly."
From Ukraine: This is Gabriella. I want to
let let you know that I really enjoy studying at the Monada College in Khust. My
studies are very interesting. I thank you very much for providing me with
the means to this eduaction.
Below are photos of Gabriella and her classroom in Khust, Ukraine:
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October 29, 2010
We are happy to feature photos of our Developing Nations
Scholarship students. This is Edita Danko who was part of our Vinogrdov
Street Children Program since 2001. We are happy to see her development
and see her aspiration for a higher education and a brighter future.
October 27, 2010
Parents Samuel and Rodia Siopan writes about LifeNets
scholarships granted to his two sons Timothy James and Andrei who live and study
in the Philippines. The parents currently live in New Zealand:
"I am so pleased to share some good news about our sons school's development in
their school and church activities. First, we really had a good bonding
time with our family in the Iloilo Feast site in the Visayas area. We were so
blessed, that my wife and I were able to attend in the Philippines to be with
our families. Our sons didn't have a hard time in taking off from school since
it coincided with the university's sportsfest week.
Exams were scheduled this week for the final term for the
first semester. They have been doing well in their academic pursuits and
positive outlook in life. Our eldest son, Timothy James still joins the
engineering club while Andrei joins the environmental club because some school
clubs have a meeting on a Saturdays. This year's FOT were a big surprised to us,
because they were both active in joining and volunteering in the different
assignments for the Feast success. TJ was doing the sound system every
services, joined the Family Night dance presentations and encouraging the youths
to participate in the festival activities. Andrei was active in the festival
choir and the Family Night's comical skit, dance and singing rendition. As
parents, we can't helped but be amazed with their talents and participation.
LifeNets has done a good job in helping our youths future thru education and the
church leadership in helping them grow physically, mentally and spiritually.
Thank you so much Sir for helping us in their education and we'll be praying for
continued blessings for LifeNets.
October 18, 2010
Meet one of our newest program students. She lives and studies in Armenia.
From Ani Poghosyan in Yerevan, Armenia:
"I started my studies at the end of August in Yeriwan.
Since my father already taught me some German, I am doing well in my
German course, but I am also doing well in English. I am able to live with
my aunt here in Yeriwan. That saves me money since I do not have to pay anything
for room and board.
My parents and brother live in Gyumri which is 120 km
away. Even though that might not seem far away, I do not visit them often
because I have to travel by bus and there is no schedule for buses to Gyumri.
You simply take a seat on the bus and wait until all the seats are taken, and
only then does the bus leave. So I only will visit home when I have several days
since bus travel is not reliable time-wise.
I appreciate the opportunity given by LifeNets to study and obtain a degree in
modern languages. Thank you very much.
UPDATED August 28, 2010
Here is some current news of new students receiving funding from the the
LifeNets Developing Nations Scholarship Fund. We thank everyone who has
supported our Fund to help these people have a future!
First, from Ukraine. Here are two young ladies who have been part of our
Vinogradov Street Children program (www.lifenets.org/vinogradov).
We are now happy to see them move on with an education that will give them a
meaningful profession. Both have enrolled at a Khust, Ukraine Monada
technological school and are studying in a three-year dental technician program.
We particularly thank the Scharpen Foundation for helping specifically with
these young ladies.
Gabriella on left, Edita above
From our new student Innocent in Zimbabwe:
"I wish to thank you for
helping me with my studies through LifeNets. I am so excited to enroll for my
CFA level II studies. Thank you very much!
"I passed my
Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst Program with flying colours. I can send you
the result transcript if the one i sent you did not get to you. I am now
looking forward to progressing to Level 2. Job opportunities are very rare in Zimbabwe and
I keep praying for a breakthrough."
Linet is a Bachelor of Arts student at
the University of Nairobi and is doing her 2nd academic year. She
does most of her studying at home; goes to the university during the months of
April, August and December when the rest of the students are on recess. She
tells me her classes involve carrying out revision with the lecturers and then
taking an exam. If one scores good grades, one is allowed to proceed with the
following semester. If one does not score good grades; one is allowed to redo
the paper in question. Thankfully Linet has been doing wonderfully well.
Her first vision was to train as a Nurse, but she
knew that would conflict with Sabbath-keeping and present unnecessary
challenges. She prayed to God and he guided her current choice.
Linet tells me that her vision of University level
education nearly collapsed. Her husband was more than willing to do everything
possible to help her. Due to a low salary, he was forced to apply for loans to
educate her. When Rose Helen McDowell and Judy Servidio appeared, their
application for loan had been turned down twice. They were making plans for the
3rd attempt when help finally arrived. She remains very thankful and
agrees it was a miracle that God performed in her life. She is very touched by
the generosity of the brethren behind her scholarship. “May God bless them
bountifully”, she says.
Linet tells me she will now be preparing for the 5th
Semester which ends in Dec 2010, followed by the 6th semester that
ends in August 2011. Completion of the entire course and graduation is expected
by end 2011.
In May this year; she will be expected to look for
a school to allow her field attachment for Practice.
Linet is very thankful to God. She has seen His
hand in her life and continues to expect more miracles from Him. She and her
husband, and indeed the whole family, say a a big thank you from the heart to
the team sacrificing for this scholarship.
Just a word of thanks for the financial
assistance via LifeNets towards my studies in the Mechanical Engineering
field. It is much appreciated.
Durban, South Africa
October 22, 2007
LifeNets is expanding it's Developing Nations Scholarship
Fund to Kenya.
Updated August 1, 2007
From Bervin and Sylvester in Zambia:
I’m so thankful and feel privileged for the
you have given me to achieve my dream on attaining a higher education. Without
your great compassion and ineffable feat this would never have been possible.
All contributions to the Developing Nations
Scholarship Fund are tax deductible. Donations can be made to
3707 Turfway Ct
Indianapolis, IN 46228
I was accepted into the Zambia Insurance Business
College where I am currently studying Insurance. And I am going work hard to get
the best possible achievement of this wonderful opportunity.
Thank you so much for your support with other LifeNets
donors for your great work which have improved the living standard of people
throughout the world.
In addition, Sylvester started college in Lusaka, Zambia as
well. LifeNets purchased both young men bicycles to provide transportation
to and from their school.
Cherisse from South Africa writes:
My degree is dedicated to
my late dad and to my mum, and I would like to leave no stone unturned with
regard to the effort I invest to my end goal. To date, I won the class medal for
marketing and I have been chosen from hundreds of applicants to tutor the
course, something which is very rare as only final year marketing honours
students are chosen.
This scholarship for me
symbolises a breakthrough in terms of the huge financial constraints placed upon
my mum. It would also provide me with peace of mind, regarding how my many
expenses will be settled.
My aim apart from
achieving the best possible results is to shine my light to my peers and show
Christ-like behaviour in all I do.
To every person who has
the vision to invest in us who receive scholarships, I thank you, I salute you,
and I pray that i too may be as fortunate as you to donate to this worthy cause.
November 17, 2006
Sharon Rao at graduation
Sharon Rao from South Africa graduated from the the University of Cape Town
with a Business Science Honors Degree and now works for Shell Petroleum in Cape
Town. She won the class medal in her Honors class for the highest
first class pass overall and her thesis won first prize in Marketing Honors
2005. Sharon says:
"My education has been my passport to the world. I have been tremendously
blessed to have been offered an excellent job at at multi-billion dollar global
company (Shell Pty Ltd.) Through my income I have been able to alleviate the
burden of my widowed mother faced in supporting two children. My job has opened
a new world of amazing opportunity, challenge and inspiration to me. The
benefits of my education translate into every sphere of my life. I have become
an independent, strong and open-minded person. My education has shaped me for
UPDATED March 19, 2006
Diverson Chonde from Malawi is another LifeNets scholarship success story. He
is from near Lilongwe, Malawi. That is where I first met him in July 2000.
He is married to Prisca and has two children. He found his way to the
United Kingdom to educate himself further so that he could provide a better life
for his family. He is actually is the chief of his community back in
Malawi. While he was gone his wife Prisca took over the chief's duties.
LifeNets helped Diverson with a few certifications in computer science while
in the United Kingdom. Here are few certificates that he earned. He is now
able to have better work as he is continuing his studies. He has brought
his wife and children to the United Kingdom. The photo is one that I took
of him at Church services in Bricket Wood outside of London on November 16,
2002. Thanks to all who support the Developing Nations Scholarship Fund
that helps 60 people like Diverson to gain an education....a lifetime
UPDATED December 29, 2005
Here is just one of the success stories from a
program that has been sending nearly 60 young people such as Alida Pinto
to University for the past four years. We hare happy to see
positive results and thank all those contributing to this program for
their continuous support of this core LifeNets Program.
Here are a few words from Alida Pinto in El Salvador:
I have the pleasure to tell you that last week was my graduation. I'm
finally an architect.
My graduation was really beautiful and exciting, I had the honor to
speak in the ceremony and gave a speech on the name of my graduate
partners. I had that honor because I had the best grade of my class. I
send a few photos of my graduation. I hope you like it.
Thank you for help, thank you for everything. This was only possible
because of your help.
For several years LifeNets has been helping deserving young adults in Latin
America with scholarships. We have expanded to other areas of the world,
namely to Africa and Eastern Europe.
We first established a means for young people to have better economic
opportunity in Latin America. A vital key to achieve this is to become educated
beyond secondary school. The alternative to an education is facing a 75%
unemployment rate in an economy that pays a salary of $125 a month, for example,
in El Salvador.
cost of going to university is unreachable for most young people in the Latin
American countries where LifeNets works. Yet, by US costs, the rates are
We started the first phase of school funding when visiting El Salvador in
August 2001 when LifeNets awarded more one half year's tuition for 21 students
to study at universities. The cost was $4100 which provided tuition to
study dentistry, architecture, accounting, marketing, law, business
administration, computer science, education, and more. What value! For
what costs to fund a student at a good quality university for half a year in the
United States, one can educate 21 students in El Salvador.
Along with concerned individuals, Ambassador Bible Center in Cincinnati,
Ohio, young adults clubs, United Church of God congregations in Phoenix,
Atlanta, Minneapolis, Lafayette IN, Charlotte, Bismarck, Wichita and other
places, all joined in with fundraisers to finance the startup. LifeNets has
helped finance three more students in Peru and Colombia.
In addition we want to especially thank Mark and Linda Roth of Neosho,
Wisconsin who have auctioned off a van on eBay and have given $2500 proceeds to
our Developing Nations Scholarship Fund. This gift alone has paid for
nearly one third of the college tuitions of 21 students in El Salvador!
In November 2002 net proceeds of $2500 from the
1993 Eurovan on left were used to provide
scholarships for deserving university students in El
Salvador. This will help them obtain a profession and a decent
and honorable living in a country where the unemployment
rate is more than 50%. Be watching for the next
project that will continue to help further the education
of deserving students.
Now we are expanding to to help in Mexico with six deserving young people.
Their total cost of tuition will be $7200 for a full year. This is new
money that we will have to raise and would need broader support to maintain this
along with the other scholarships. We feel that we cannot start helping young
people and then pull away from our commitment.
Perhaps you or your church, service club or group would like to sponsor some
of our needs below. Please let me know by writing by writing me at
we fund the various needs in the countries we help, we will give full reports,
accounting and letters from students about how they're doing.
Each country will have a scholarship committee that will monitor the needs,
report to LifeNets and make certain that funding goes only to students who are
worthy. We will publish the names of the students of each country and have
them tell us how they're doing right here.
We estimate that the scholarship fund will need about $25,000 a year to
provide tuition money for about 30 students. Those are not exact figures, but
close. By working together we can provide OPPORTUNITY and HOPE that these
young people would not have. Would you like to help?