South Sudan: A Single Mother’s Determination to Empower the Next Generation

11 September 2018|Rashidah McCoy

Yomima pictured with the other current JRS scholarship recipients in Juba, South Sudan. They work together as a cohort to encourage each other and complete their studies. (Rashidah McCoy/Jesuit Refugee Service)

Yomima is a single mother determined to achieve greatness and encourage the younger generations to come by empowering them through education. She has begun this journey through her JRS scholarship and by attending the Catholic University of South Sudan.

Here’s her story in her words:

I started my education in Yambio at the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, where I also took my primary learning examination (PLE). I was excited that I passed and qualified to start secondary school at Bishop Abangite College of Science and Technology, where I graduated with a focus on the Science Section.

Just after finishing secondary school, I got pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who I named Mercy. I thank God for my father, because he really stood by me during tough times and because of him, I am who I am today. His encouragement pushed me to continue my education and life. After Mercy turned six months old, I started teaching in a primary school called Young Angel Nursery and Primary, soon after I was asked to teach in Tabua Nursery and Primary school.

While I was there doing my practical, I got a call that I received the JRS school scholarship. I was so excited! The scholarship has allowed me to continue my studies at the Catholic University of South Sudan, where I’m pursuing a degree in education. With absolute respect and honor, I would like to extend my gratitude to JRS for the wonderful things they have done for me and hope that I can one day do the same for the younger generations. May God bless all JRS staff at large.