"I was extremely happy when I heard I was going to receive the study grant! I started in February, the course takes a year. During this time I also have to pass a language test for the Italian language.
An arduous crossing of the sea
I am the eldest of eleven children and I was born in Gambia. While my parents were working at the marketplace, I used to look after my siblings. Two years ago I left Gambia, looking for a better future. After an arduous crossing of the sea I was supported by Terre des Hommes in Sicily. I have not seen my family for the past two years, but I do get to speak to them a lot on the telephone and through Skype.
Training for dental assistant
Thanks to Terre des Hommes I first got the chance to train for dental assistant. My mentor was quick to see that I am good at this and that I have a talent for it. She has nominated me for the Terre des Hommes study grant, so I could develop specialisation. She also offered to continue mentoring me during this time. I have big plans for the future; I would really like to return to my country and help our population as Gambia lacks efficient healthcare.