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Let's Get Aimable Into College!
$285 raised
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The CHIPUKA Center is asking for your help today, on behalf of Aimable. Aimable was born in Rwanda, but moved to Arusha, Tanzania in 1999 because his parents were seeking educational opportunities to become missionaries and a new beginning for ...

The CHIPUKA Center is asking for your help today, on behalf of Aimable. Aimable was born in Rwanda, but moved to Arusha, Tanzania in 1999 because his parents were seeking educational opportunities to become missionaries and a new beginning for their family.

Before moving to Tanzania in 1999, Aimable endured a childhood most of us could never begin to imagine; because of the civil war and Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, he found himself hiding in the forest with his family at age 2. Here is an excerpt from his college entrance essay:

"The Tutsi genocide began when I was nearly two years old. Strapped on my mother’s back by a kanga (African fabric), unaware of the reality around me, she carried me as we ran into the bushes, hiding for our lives. For two months, we endured the rain, mosquitoes, cold nights, and sometimes a lack of food, but we never lost hope; it was this hope that kept us alive."

Despite the terror of his surroundings and the loss of his grandparents because of the war, Aimable has become an incredibly strong, bright, and determined young man. It is his dream to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from a US college, and this is why I am reaching out to you.

In order to apply for many US college scholarships, international students have to take the TOEFL test in order to prove their abilities in the English language. The cost of the test is $170 and Aimable would need to travel to Dar es Salaam in order to take the exam on December 7th. His parents support a family of 8 on a salary of less than $10,000 a year, and he needs your help to pay for the test and travel expenses. 

If you feel strongly about Aimable's story, please contribute today. As he always tells me, one person can make a difference. 

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