Rakia, literacy teacher

Rakia

I am a mother of three girls, married when I was very young right after graduating from high school. Two years after our wedding my husband had a stroke that made him completely paralysed. Since then I had to run the family alone and raise my children as well. I had wished to continue my education but became trapped in family problems that literally faded this dream for me, at least for now. In the beginning of my marriage I had to resist hard the pressure from my in-laws and also my husband who kept telling me to stop teaching as they felt I was going against the societal traditions.

I joined OPAWC in 2008 when the Vocational Training Centre was established and was then 26 years old. I began as the Centre's accountant and administrator and soon became a competent literacy teacher. I have been teaching reading and writing at OPAWC’s Vocational Training Center for almost ten years now, an opportunity that changed my life and kept the hope alive for me. In addition to the salary which my family depends on, here at OPAWC I established a wide contact with the staff and the students. This network of support has so far been very helpful for me.