Using her education to bring about change – Maximilla’s story

“I was 16, that’s when I met Xavier Project. I was living with my...

“I was 16, that’s when I met Xavier Project. I was living with my single mum. She didn’t have a job, so she had to do small things to manage my brother and me. That’s when I met Xavier Project and they decided to sponsor my education.

“Actually I was so grateful, because I didn’t know how I was going to manage my high school education. Apart from paying my school fees, Xavier Project was always there for anything. If I had difficulties in my education, I could just go there. And they would always come and visit us, so that was nice. They also assigned us ‘parents’ in Xavier Project. Parents are people who were in charge of us. I was under Edmund Page, who really helped me. Whenever I had a problem, I would always talk to him. Even up to now I still talk to him.”


“Xavier Project was always there for anything”

“Edmund Page connected me to a camp in Maine in America. I was being told: ‘you’re going to America’. I was very happy, but I didn’t know what to expect there. It’s a camp for children from 7 to 16 years. We took them to fun activities. It was a new experience to meet other people, but it was awesome since they were nice. I realized: there are good people in this world.”

“I graduated from high school last year and then I started volunteering here in Xavier Project’s Tamuka Hub, where I was teaching English to refugees. Actually I feel like the things I learnt in high school are helping me to bring change. Since the English that I was learning in school, is the English I was teaching the refugees here.”

I hope that maybe in the future I’ll be able to help other people. People who are in the situation that maybe I was in, so that they can also achieve their goals.”