SRP Scholarship is the Breakthrough I Need in My Life

Ramba Bidal Emmanuel, 23 years was born in South Sudan. He fled to Uganda in 2016 when war broke out in South Sudan. By then, he was studying at Seroma Christian School, Mukono and had gone back home in South Sudan for holidays.  He came to Uganda with a neighbour who helped him move from Yei to the Uganda border.

“Before my mother passed on, I was studying at Seroma Christian School, Mukono and life was going on well. However, when my mother died, life became tough. I could barely afford food or even pay school fees. I had to request the school to do some menial work like cleaning the school to earn money for school fees,” Ramba recalls.

Because of his hard work and desire to study, Ramba was eventually given a school bursary from senior four to senior six.

“After senior six, I knew I was done with education because there was no way I was going to afford tuition and other related expenses at university,” Ramba revealed.

Luckily for Ramba, he had heard about the Student Refugee Program that takes refugee students to study and stay in Canada.

“I found out more information about it from Windle International Uganda during one of the community outreaches and when the call for application came out, I applied for it. I put all my mind and effort to it because I knew this is the breakthrough I needed in my life,” Ramba noted.

Application Process: Ramba applied for the SRP, and his application was successful. He went through a rigorous selection process that assessed his academic qualifications, language skills, and personal circumstances.

Journey to Canada: With the support of the SRP, Ramba was able to secure a student visa to Canada. Ramba is enrolled at Olds University of Science and Technology. He is passionate about rebuilding communities affected by conflict.

“I know I won’t remain the same because of this scholarship. I have always dreamt of making a difference in the lives of young people. I will do everything in my power to succeed. I will help my sister and other relatives. I hope that one day, I can put up a project to help the youth because we are the future,” Ramba revealed.

About Student Refugee Program

Windle International Uganda (WIU) in partnership with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is implementing the Student Refugee Program (SRP) in Uganda reaching out to refugee youths who are between 18-25 years, residing within urban (Kampala) and 13 refugee settlements. The Student Refugee Program is a youth to youth sponsorship model, providing access to higher education and resettlement in Canada

The Student Refugee Program provides young refugees with life-changing opportunities to continue their education on Canadian campuses and build a better future for themselves and their families. The SRP is a unique program that combines resettlement to Canada with access to post-secondary education for young refugees.

Compiled by: Joseph Waninda

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