Midwifery student Achol Andrew

Midwifery student Achol Andrew
December 2, 2019 Susan Oxley

Achol Andrew, 23, is a third year midwifery student at the Catholic Health Training Institute (CHTI) in Wau, South Sudan. Sister Joan visited with her last week and took this video:

Achol has has two brothers and five sisters. “Life back home has been difficult. Nobody is able to help me continue my education. My father is a secondary school teacher, but he is paid very little money, and sometimes he goes up to seven months without a salary. This sometimes meant that we would go three-four days with very little or no food at all. After seeing all the pain and trouble facing us, I really wanted to do something to help my family… I decided that the best solution was to find someone to make me pregnant and marry me, and maybe this way, through him I could help my family. I felt like a failure. Finally, I decided against it.”

“One day, a friend told me about CHTI, and so I applied, did the entry exam, passed, and was admitted to the institute. I did not know English well, so first I had to learn it for a year before I could join midwifery training.”

“There is a great difference in who I am now. One great change in me is that I am now very prayerful. Prayerfulness was encouraged by the fact that in the morning before we start a lesson, we pray. There is also a chapel in the compound, and we are free to go there when we need to. I put God ahead of everything I want to do. This has helped to open my mind to focus on my studies.”

Your financial contribution will help cover the costs of textbooks, tuition and room and board for students like Achol. Donate today

Story and photo by Nyokabi Kahura and Nicole Moran

Ready to take the next step?