We just got news that all of the Class XI Angels' Place children enrolled at Rayburn College have passed their exams and Sawmi (pictured) is first in her class! She has been awarded a six month tuition scholarship for her accomplishment.
Despite being behind when she came to Angels' Place 10 years ago, Sawmi has been a star student from the beginning. Not only did she have to make up for years of lost schooling, but she had to overcome a very tough childhood, having lost both her parents in the same year when she was only three years old. After her parents died, she bounced around from family member to family member for almost 6 years.
Sawmi remembers how sad she was during this time, never really having a place to call home. The hardest part was watching other kids go to school when she could not. A love for learning burned deep inside Sawmi, but she did not dare dream she could get the education she longed for. Then in 2006, relatives brought her to Angels' Place.
Not only did Sawmi get the education she always wanted, but she now has hope for a successful future, a place to call "home" and the love and support of friends and "family" to help her reach her dreams. Though she is not sure exactly what her career path will look like, she is certain she wants to help others who have not been as fortunate as she. She knows how blessed she is and feels tremendously grateful to her sponsors and the James Connection. In her own words: "I have a big family at Angels' Place, sent from God."
CONGRATULATION Sawmi and Class of 2016! We at The James Connection are so very proud of you.
There are hundreds of children on the waiting list longing for a place to call home. You can help us make room for them at Angels' Place by visiting our Ways to Help page.
I would just like to send Sawmi my congratulations and let her know that she has given me more reasons to smile today and I feel joy for her. I want to encourage her to continue with God and whatever she decides to do she will be a blessing to others.