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I'm not giving up...Samoy seeking help to go to HEART

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM
PHOTO BY CARL GILCHRIST Samoy Walters seeks help to go back to school.

ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann:

As a student in high school, there are always several deterrents to learning. Even after school, there are sometimes hurdles that seem insurmountable and would break some persons, especially those who are not focused on their goals.

For five years while she was a student at the Marcus Garvey Technical High School, Samoy Walters was forced to walk over a mile from Epworth to Davis Town to board a taxi, to take her to school in St Ann's Bay.

After school, she would take a taxi back to Davis Town and trudge to rocky road up the hill to Epworth. Depending on the time of the year and the shift she was on, she would sometimes leave for school in the dark, or reach home after night.

The road leading to Epworth is in such deplorable state that taxi operators have flatly refused to take the journey , no matter what.

While others might have been able to cope with such an inconvenience and still emerge from school with flying colours, Walters was not so fortunate. She did not do any subjects.

Today, she sits at home, in the company of both parents, an aunt and a brother, hoping for a break. One thing, though, she has not given up on seeking opportunities to better herself.

Now 20 years old, Samoy enjoys cooking for the family and is considering pursuing a course in the food and beverage category. But there are other areas she might be interested in, she revealed.

She would love to be able to attend the Beechamville Vocational Training Centre, a HEART Trust centre, located near Claremont in St Ann and the closest training facility to her home. However, she needs help.

"I want to go back to school and do something, but I have no money," she told Rural Xpress. "I sit at home every day praying for something to happen for me. I need to get some money so I can go the HEART in Beechamville."

At Beechamville, there are numerous courses to choose from, such as food and beverage, general construction, nail technology, plumbing, spa therapy, accounting, air conditioning and refrigeration, allied health, among several others.

"I could do food and beverage or nail tech or cosmetology. I would choose from one of those," Samoy indicated, forcing a smile.

Her situation, no doubt, is similar to many other young people across Jamaica. But she doesn't want remain in that state any longer and is more determined than ever to force a change and was only too happy to highlight her plight in the newspaper in the hope that someone, somewhere would assist.

"I'm not giving up, I just can't afford to. I must make it somehow."

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