“When I was little, I lived with my foster grandmother in a small village. I moved to Anosibe to go to secondary school when I was 12. I lived alone with my 15 year old sister. We had to take care of ourselves. I worked in a bakery and went to school.
One night when I was home with my sister our house caught on fire. I woke up just in time and managed to save my sister before the house collapsed. We lost everything. All our belongings were destroyed and we had nowhere to live. We were desperate so I contacted my father, who had always been absent before. My father agreed to take us in. I was very happy getting to know him but it wasn’t easy. My father drank a lot. 3 months later he drowned in the river.
I failed my exams that year. But I worked hard to get back on track and managed to pass the next year with very high marks. I would have liked to go to university but I couldn’t afford it. Instead I worked many jobs, from being a guard at a bank to selling fried chicken on the street to being a primary school teacher. Now I am at Onja I want to work as a coder and help my younger siblings to be able to go to university.”