Abigail Gbang

Abigail Gbang, 17, comes from the the town of Kongo in Ghana. She has four sisters , her father is a farmer and her mother works with her father on their farm. This year, Abigail attends Bolgatanga Girls’ Secondary School as a first year student in the Class of 2016. Growing up, Abigail sometimes worked with her mother mining for gold. At the mine, working conditions could be harsh. Abigail is taking the advice of her mother to heart by surrounding herself with like minded people who seek to better themselves through education. She has demonstrated a real commitment to her education by wisely using the little that she earns to buy the smaller items needed to enroll in Senior Secondary School. As she strives to continue school, Abigail must do so without help from most of her family. She would like to become a teacher in the hope that she can one day teach and advise young girls like herself who are moving past their hardships and working toward completing their education. She wants to tell the world that, “There are girls who are far more worse off than me. It takes courage to continue moving forward in bad circumstances.”

Munira Imoro

Munira Imoro, 16,comes from the the town of Pusiga in Ghana. She has five siblings, her father and mother are farmers. This year, Munira attends Bolgatanga Girls’ Secondary School as a 1st year student in the Class of 2016. Growing up, Munira’s best memory is of her mother going to the market to purchase things for her, especially because Munira’s family struggled to provide the basic fees for her to continue school. Munira demonstrated a real commitment to her education by harvesting food and saving the small amount of money that she earned to contribute to her studies. She has remained true to her belief that “Life is a gift; but you must work hard.” Munira’s heroes are her fellow SISTA Scholars who have completed the program before her. Munira hopes that by continuing her education and becoming a SISTA Scholar graduate, she will eventually become the science teacher that she aspires to be. She wants to tell the world that, “Education is the key to success in life.”

Felicia Akparibo

Felicia Akparibo ,16, comes from the the town of Apodabogo in Ghana. She has three sisters, two brothers, her father is a farmer and her mother died when Felicia was in elementary school. This year, Felicia attends Bolgatanga Girls’ Secondary School as a first year student in the Class of 2016. After Felicia’s mother died she was sent to live with her uncle where she helped to take care of his children in return for his help with her school expenses. After leaving her uncle’s home, she cared for the children of other families who would provide assistance with her school expenses. Felicia has demonstrated a real commitment to continuing her education by working at every opportunity that she got to ensure that she made it to Senior Secondary School, even from the time she was very young. As she strives to continue her education, Felicia has relied on a woman whose children Felicia cared for after school each day. Because Felicia wants to live a life of service and help all those in need, she would like to become a mid-wife. She wants to tell the world that, “I don’t have to give up – all things are possible, in due time. My time has come.”

Esther Lambon

Esther Lambon, 17, comes from the the town of Wawa in Ghana. She has three sisters and three brothers, her father is a farmer and her mother currently has a long term sickness. This year, Esther attends Bolgatanga Girls’ Secondary School as a 1st year student in the Class of 2016. Growing up, Esther struggled with the knowledge that her mother fell ill shortly after her birth. Esther has overcome this emotional hardship by focusing on her desire to help others in need. She often works at a neighbor’s house, washing bowls for money and fighting to not lose hope. As she strives to continue her education, Esther’s heroes are educators and those who assist organizations that help girls like her to gain an education. Esther hopes that continuing her education will help her to one day become a mid-wife so that she may help decrease the number of women who suffer from complications at childbirth. She wants to tell the world that, “The world should recognize people like me who study hard and want to help others.”

Rebecca Mangwei

Rebecca Mangwei, 16, comes from the the town of Chiana in Ghana. She has three siblings, her father is a farmer and her mother tends to the children and home. This year, Rebecca attends Bolgatanga Girls’ Secondary School as a 1st year student in the Class of 2016. Growing up, Rebecca dealt with the challenge of not having health insurance after she became very ill from a snake bite. A fee had to be paid before the hospital would admit her. In order to pay the fee, her father had to sell charcoal for a neighbor. This experience inspires Rebecca on her mission to become a doctor one day. She regularly gives up spending time with friends in order to focus on her most challenging study material. As she strives to continue her education, unfortunately, her family is unable to give her the support that she needs. Her hero is her mother because, despite the family’s hardships, she remains confident and good-natured toward all people. Rebecca hopes that continuing her education will help her become the doctor that she aspires to be and give her a way to help her family. She wants to tell the world that, “As problems and challenges come my way, I do my best to solve them. All that will happen will happen, but it will not get me down.”