As a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica in a small home with 5 other siblings, Abigail faced multiple barriers to success. Her father was plagued by alcoholism and her mother was struggling to provide for the children and support their education. She was at risk to go off course and miss out on many opportunities that could come her way.
Abigail faced financial hardship throughout her life as her parents struggled to support her and her siblings. But one day early in 2013, Abigail received news that she was able to get support through ANIDA and the Silent Cry program. She was hopeful as she had always loved school and this support would give her steady access to education and the materials she would need to be successful.
As things were looking up, Abigail tragically lost her father and she was overwhelmed with grief. In the midst of that tragedy, she fell and broke her leg in three places, keeping her from school and completing her exams. She was not able to finish the term and risked falling behind in school.
In the face of all of this adversity, she did not lose hope, and Lettla the ANIDA Jamaica coordinator was right there to encourage Abigail and her mother by providing not only educational support and assistance but also moral support and love. She kept up with her school work while in the hospital and worked hard to complete all she might have missed.
Lettla provided whatever support she was able to throughout and ensured Abigail was able to return to school when she was released from the hospital. She was provided with a school uniform, shoes, and all the books and materials she needed to do well. Lettla was also able to help connect her with the community supports she needed to support her with a van to take her the distance to school. With the extra support she excelled throughout school, winning awards and maintaining top grades.
Abigail’s hope for tomorrow became a reality when upon finishing High School with top grades, she received an entrance scholarship to study in the medical field, pushing her further toward the goal of becoming a medical doctor. Her local community rallied around her as she rose above all odds, and left for medical school in September 2016. Because of the support of ANIDA and the sponsorship of a stranger Abigail was able to overcome every obstacle thrown in her way and reach her God-given potential to move toward her dreams and goals. We are so grateful for her achievements and wish her every success in the future!
Gone is the day where I had to seek the assistance of people to be able to withdraw money from the bank. Now I can fill any document being at the bank or elsewhere.
Nora, 2015 WDC Valedictorian
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As a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica in a small home with 5 other siblings, Abigail faced multiple barriers to success. Her father was plagued by alcoholism and her mother was struggling to provide for the children and support their education.CONTINUE READING