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Former street kid in need of support

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A former street child who scored 18 points in Malawi School Certificate of Education examination Peter Sithole, is contemplating going back to his childhood life if no-one supports him to realise his dream of going to the university.

The 22-year-old could not make it to the University of Malawi in the just released 2016 intake.

Sithole has been assured of a place at the Malawi College of Accountancy to pursue Bachelor of Applied Accounts, Auditing and Information Systems but he fears this would not be possible due to lack of financial support.

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“I really want to change my life by continuing with education that is why all along I have been struggling to raise money buying books to read to an extent that I passed Junior Certificate and MSCE.

“As of now, only one person, Roselyn Mahilasi, has pledged to be paying fees for one semester each year because that is what she can afford, all I need is support for the other semester because for me to be admitted, college officials want evidence that I will be able to pay my school fees,” said Sithole.

Sithole started begging in the streets aged eight when he lost both parents in 2002.

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“But I still had hope that I can do better so I started working as a security guard at one of the security companies when I was 15, I wanted to raise money to buy books which I was studying at night while working, the salary then was K3,000, however it was not enough and I usually spent day time doing piece works,” said Sithole.

Since he has nothing else to do, Sithole is staying with people of goodwill who are providing him with food and shelter.

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