My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Educational Pathways International, Incline Village, NV, USA
I am Haruna Abdul-Jalilu, a third year BSc. Pharmacy student at the University of Ghana. Upon getting admission into the University Of Ghana after a successful completion of Senior High School with excellent results, my education was greatly threatened because of a lack of finance. My parents are old and so are literally living from hand to mouth from the peasant farming they are into. I therefore had to wait until they were able to raise money for my school fees or till a Good Samaritan came by and helped me out. This however did not stop the “desperate me” from exploring other avenues to further my education. Fortunately, I came across the Educational Pathways International (EPI) scholarship and without hesitation I applied and after competitive interviews I was awarded the scholarship. Since then it has always been one memorable experience after the other with this family.
First of all this family completely turned my life around for the better. In giving me a comprehensive scholarship, my parents were relieved of the burden of having to toil and borrow to fund my education. I must also add that it was under this life changing scholarship program that I got to own my first ever laptop computer. I no longer have to depend on friends to have my assignments typed or to do research on the internet. The scholarship also enabled me to pay for my accommodation in one of the best halls of residence on campus and that has greatly relieved me of the headache of having to travel several kilometers to school and back.
Moreover, ever since I was taken into the family I have never for once felt I was hundreds of kilometers away from home since EPl has made school home for us. At EPI, we are not just assisted financially but academically, socially and emotionally. Our Program Director has been a mother to all of us in so many different ways. Despite her very busy schedule, she has always made time to be with us collectively and individually. We have been constituted into a big family of young individuals working to make the world around us a better place.
With EPI, my future rests on solid grounds and I intend making the best of this invaluable opportunity. My hopes have been reestablished and goals rekindled and I will do anything within my power to make sure many more children get the help they need wherever they are in my country and probably beyond. I want to be able to reach out to the brilliant but financially challenged child wherever they are. I want to be hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless, a smile on the face of the sad and a propelling force to the depressed.
Coupled with the above, I have also made a firm resolve to be one of the outstanding voices of health in Africa and beyond, my key goal being to reduce the number of preventable deaths in my community, Ghana, Africa and the world at large by a great percentage. Under the auspices of EPI, I have started internships with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and community pharmacies during the vacations and that has kept me ahead in the clinical practice. My key goal in life has always been to put myself in the best position to serve humanity in the best way possible and every step I take each day is geared towards achieving that goal.
In conclusion, I thank the Benefactors, Donors of Educational Pathways International, the Program Director, staff of the Students Financial Aid Office at University of Ghana and everybody working for the sustenance of this great course. You have all in diverse ways been instrumental in making living testimonies out of hopeless situations for brilliant and financially challenged Ghanaian students.