Angelo Chan Anei is an 18 year old with a great smile and big dreams. He had to drop out of school in primary 7 because his father died and his family could no longer afford the fees.
Anei, his three younger brothers and two younger sisters depend on the income from their mother, a farmer who works mostly during the rainy season.
When Anei heard about WUSC’s new education and training program being implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council in partnership with WUSC he was immediately interested in getting involved. The fact that there were no school fees, lunch was provided and he’d get a uniform was further enticement. The program provides skills training, numeracy, literacy and life skills training to young people willing to commit to a year of schooling. When Anei discovered agricultural technology was being offered, he was ready to enroll.
With encouragement from his mother Anei is happy to share his new knowledge with her. “When I go home, I teach her about things like soil preparation and composting. She plans to use this information during cultivation,” he says
Anei is interested in growing onions and tomatoes, and raising chickens and goats. The latest lesson on beekeeping had him considering that option as well. He does admit to some major hurdles that will have to be overcome if he is to become a successful farmer. While he does have access to a portaion of land (a gift from his mother), he has no capital at this point to access seeds. Anei plans to work closely with his instructors over the remaining months of training. He has already talked to them about receiving seeds from the already harvested plants. Anei is already thinking about the next generation, as he plans to save up the money he earns to help send his younger siblings to school. At this point Anei still sees his goal of being a farmer as a “plan that is still a dream,” but he plans to turn that dream into his reality.