My name is Samuel Mukwa. I am a final year Petroleum Engineering undergraduate student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). I was born and raised in Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region of Ghana and I am in my early twenties. I am from a family of six and the first of four. I am a big fan of football and ironically, a very jovial but shy person.
Coming from a financially deprived family like mine, there was no hope of seeing the classroom again after High School, as High school was even so high a qualification in my family. As the end of High School approached, I was readying myself for the “Hassle of the Streets” until one man discovered my potential and bought University forms for me in my graduation year, with the hope of landing a scholarship as I pushed through the years of tertiary education. Applying for numerous scholarships and being turned down brought back the dimming hope of the days; however, I was encouraged not to give up in my pursuit for a scholarship, until behold, my “Miracle of 2020”, ELEOS Cares Foundation, arrived.
By God’s grace, life has improved significantly for myself and my family. Funding my education and gifting us monthly stipends has relieved my family of great pressure and has put back smiles on many faces and not just mine. Most exciting of all, my dream of becoming an oil and gas engineer is resurrected and extending a helping hand to my community just as ELEOS did for me is no longer a fantasy