Meet Joanah Mapisa & Elizabeth Bandera
A family working hard to secure an education
Joana was born on September 6, 2003. She resides at Stand Number 8, Village 11, Musena. Her disabled father passed away on July 22, 2019, leaving Joana under the care of her widowed mother, Auxilia Mahachi. Her mother suffers from back problems that prevent her from assisting Joanna financially and most of the money for her education was spent on medical expenses for her father. Joana was able to acquire BEAM funds in primary school but was cut off at the secondary education level. Her talents include farming, cycling, and singing. She intends to work hard and become an Agricultural Extension Officer. Elizabeth was born on August 27, 1999, and lives with Joana. After both of her parents passed away in her early childhood she was taken in by Auxilia Mahachi. Joana and Elizabeth spent a lot of their time working, which includes tilling the land, harvesting crops and doing chores. Elizabeth left school when she could not acquire school fees, stationery, and other necessities. Elizabeth wants to get an education but is unable to for the same reasons that Joana cannot. She was able to secure BEAM funds during primary school which helped her to complete grade 7 examinations. Similar to Joana, her talents include farming, cycling, and singing. Elizabeth intends on becoming a medical doctor after graduating.