Marcel, 16, is an orphan in one of the poorest countries in the world – Chad – and as a bright young man, he knows his only hope out of a life of dire poverty begins with graduating secondary school. In addition to finding enough food to eat and water to drink, Marcel’s main priority in life was to be able to continue attending the Government Secondary School – Belaba, in the small village of Lolo, where he is a Form 4 (sophomore) student.

Thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®, Marcel’s worries about continuing his education are a thing of the past.

“I had a lot of difficulties with my school fees and having my school outfit,” he told us. “This made me usually go to school in sadness.”

However, his life has been changed since our partner there, Hope Services, selected Marcel as a beneficiary of our school fee program.

“Since I started enjoying sponsorship, I started going to school with a smiling face,” says Marcel. “I’m very happy to be sponsored. I still have the desire to go as far as possible with my studies. I thank Bread and Water for Africa® and Hope Services very much. May God give them the ability to help me more.”

Once we begin assisting a bright, deserving student like Marcel with their school fees, we can continue that assistance until they earn their diploma and the title of “graduate,” which will open many doors for them throughout their lives.