At our monthly APU Malawi Education Foundation board meeting, Maness read the following message to our board members. Maness graduated from APU in June 2011 and is currently studying at Pearson College in Victoria (http://www.pearsoncollege.ca ) on full scholarship.
I, on my own behalf, and on behalf of APU students would like to sincerely thank you for such a wonderful and great work you are doing to us.
In the first place, I would like to let you know that we are very proud of you. This is so because through the free education you are giving us, you are making a great change in us. The way we are now if quite different from the way we were before we came to APU. Furthermore, to show that we are very proud of you, we composed a song of which the title is “We Will Never Be The Same Again”. This song is there to assure you that you are really bringing a very wonderful change in our lives. Thus we really appreciate you for that.
Secondly, we were girls without hope, but now that you are helping us, we have much hope that we are going to have a bright future. Also, before we came to APU, we were just a nobody, but now that we are getting this high education you are giving us, we are no longer a nobody, we are in the process of becoming a somebody in future. Therefore, we thank you so much.
Thirdly, your help is also preventing us from being involved in things which have negative results to our lives. For example, prostitution, stealing, early marriages, and many others. In addition to that, I believe that without your help, most of us would have had nothing to do, as a result, we were definitely going to be involved in the previous mentioned activities and so you can see that you are really doing a lot and a very good and great work to our lives. Hence, we are very thankful for that.
Fourthly, the work you are doing to us is planting in us that spirit of helping others freely so that we bring change to the world. And this forces us to work very hard so that we make it. Moreover, its our desire o help with the potential of others. As a result, we are very proud of you.Finally, I would like to say something about my life at Pearson College. At Pearson College is very nice with quality education and food.
I am so happy to be here and I am really working hard so that I catch up on the work which has already been covered. In addition to that, its my desire to be successful in my studies at Pearson College for me to achieve my goal, that is why I am working hard. Also, I am very glad to be at a place where there are people from different countries with different cultures. I have already started learning a lot from these friends and they are so friendly and so hopefully, I am going to learn as much as I can from them definitely, I will not be the same again, the change in me is just becoming great and great.Also, despite being my first time to fly, my journey was very nice and I really enjoyed it. Furthermore, I am so excited that I am exposed to an environment with a wide range of learning new things. For all this to happen, it is your support and so I am very proud of you.
Therefore, thank you very much. I am happy to have the opportunity to talk to you.