but circumstances beyond her control forced her to start school at old age. The good thing with her is that she is a hardworking, determined and very ambitious girl.
“I want to become a lawyer and help women and children in the villages. I am saying this because I saw how women and young people in our village suffered, they are beaten and forced out of their houses and other young girls are forced into marriage” she says.
Explaining her ordeal, Grace said his father refused her to join school instead she was told to take care of her 6 siblings.
“Life was very hard in our home my father could not allow me to join school, she said I should take care of my siblings. My mother and relatives tried to protest but my father stood by his words, its my uncle who took me here so that I can get education,” she said.
Grace thanked her uncle saying it’s because of him that she is now in school where she believes her dream will be achieved.
She made the revelation recently when soldiers from the Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS)ASLAT) visited Sinza based CHAUKWAMA- center for orphans and the less privileged children.
It was all smiles at the centre as PSN soldiers clad in their uniforms toured the place as part of their goodwill activities, they brought with them assorted items to be distributed at the centre, and the items included bags of sugar, rice, powered milk, clothes and other things.
The more than 60 children housed at the center could not hide their smiling faces when the soldiers started giving out clothes.
“Am very happy that the soldiers have given me clothes today; it is good and we pray to God so that next time they also visit us with other donations,” said a 12 year-old Abdul Mohamed .
He said at CHAUKWAMA they are provided with all necessities but some times they lack other things.
“We thank Bibi (grandmother) for all what she does to us. She always give us things like, food, school uniforms and other things but sometimes we lack things, so we ask other people to help us,” she said.
Hassan Hamis who is the executive secretary of the center thanked the PSN ASLAT for the donation which he said will reduce some of the challenges which the center faces in its daily operations.
He said CHAUKWAMA has 60 children at the centre who need a lot of money and resources to keep them going.
“We are very grateful to the donations, you are really soldiers of hope, you have given children of this centre something to smile. We appreciate and ask you to come again ” he said .
Speaking after donating the items, Captain Ijaz Ahmad who is also the commanding officer of PSN ASLAT said visit of the center is part of their goodwill activities.
“We are happy to be here today and give these gifts to our children who are living here, as soldiers, we are here in Tanzania for three days so we thought it wise to visit this center so that we can share with them the little we have”he said.
Captain Ahmad also said they handed over 12 boxers of assorted medicines to the mayor of Kinondoni Boniface Jacob.
While in the country the PNS ASLAT also took part in social sporting activities against their Tanzania counterparts and also the Pakistan Charge d’ Affaires Amir Muhammad Khan hosted on the ship reception which attracted top military officers from both countries, dignitaries and other invited guest.
Speaking at the on ship reception Amir Muhammad Khan said the visit is landmark in the broader framework of cooperation between the armed forces and navies of the two countries and also promotion of bilateral relations in diverse fields.
“The goodwill visit of Pakistan navy ship ASLAT is a landmark in the broader framework of closer and cooperative relationship between the armed forces of Pakistan and Tanzania, it will also provide an opportunity for Pakistan and Tanzania to share professional experiences and add new impetus to the promotion of bilateral relations that so happily exist between the two countries” he said.
Earlier at the reception Captain Ahmed said “ PNS ASLAT is the 4th ship of the sword class frigates completely built at Karachi shipyard in Pakistan, it is a modern and frontline frigate which together with other ships of her class forms mainstay of Pakistan Navy the State of the art weapons and sensors along with tremendous fire power enables her to operate a multthreat environment either independently or as part of a task group .