Happiness with her stepmother and siblings in 2016

Happiness

Age: 18                                           

Birthday: February 18, 2002

Home Place: Kwa Shabani

School: Gap Year Program at The Girls Center, graduate of secondary school

 

Happy is engaging and overwhelmingly curious. She can’t help asking questions all of the time. She has a sweet disposition which compliments her intellectual excitement. She is ranked in the top 7% of her class.

 

Happy doesn’t know if her mother is alive or not. When Happy was 9 years old, her mother became ill and her father didn’t seek any medical treatment for her. Happy’s mother left to return to her family in Morogoro, leaving Happy and her 2 younger sisters to live with their father. He has since remarried and now has two sons. Happy and her sisters live with her father, stepmother and 2 brothers in one room. Her father has been out of work for as long as she can remember. Her stepmother mends plastic flip-flops.

 

Before Happy’s mother became ill, Happy had been enrolled in a private primary school. At the time her father was a teacher at an agriculture school, however he was laid off when the school reduced staff. He struggles to pay for school fees, however Happy's school stepped in to help pay her primary school fees because Happy was a promising student.

During the 3-month COVID-19 Enrichment Program at The Girls Center Happy was excited about making liquid soap. "I participated in making soap and hand sanitizer. With hand sanitizer we used glycerin, distilled water, hydrogen peroxide and ethanol. It really increased my knowledge and made me to think of it as my own business idea and how to make profit out of it. It also made me understand that not only industry could make soap but also soap could be make at home."

 

Happy is animated and energetic. She wants to become a petroleum engineer.