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Boy orphaned in Uganda fulfils dream by graduating from uni


A 29-YEAR-OLD from northern Uganda who was orphaned during the insurgency of Joseph Kony’s Lord Resistance Army has fulfilled his dream by graduating from university with an accounting degree.

Samuel Opio, the last-born son of eight, just managed to finish high school, and with the help of his uncle and brother started a diploma.

Despite winning a place to study engineering at university, the father-of-two could not afford the expensive fees.

A chance encounter with Marianne Tellier, Maria Hytell and Ida Marie Boas from the Danish Red Cross whilst volunteering with them, altered Samuel’s prospects forever. His new friends were moved by Samuel’s story and agreed to help support his quest for education.

“The education system in Uganda is very expensive,” Samuel said, “it was very important that someone with a hand could come in and support me, so I could attend a degree of studies that could help me at least meet the competitive market that we have in the country.”

Initially, Samuel would receive the money as bank transfers, which took four days. His Danish friends then discovered World Remit, which meant the money arrived instantly and without the hefty fees. What’s more, he could pick up the money from a local mobile money agent.

The service provided by WorldRemit proved to be lifesaving when Samuel was injured in a scooter accident on his way from work in Apac to Gulu to study.

The instant money transfer service meant that he was able to afford his hospital fees following surgery.

On January 9, 2016, Samuel graduated from the University of Gulu in accounting and finance and now works as an accountant for NGO Feed the Children.

Watch his story BELOW:

The WorldRemit app helps people support initiatives like this back home by letting them send money straight from their smartphone, instead of having to travel to a money transfer agent. Those receiving money– often in developing countries - can collect the funds as mobile money, bank transfer, for cash pickup or as a mobile airtime top-up.

WorldRemit’s service is available to senders in 50 countries. It offers transfers to more than 125 destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. WorldRemit customers send 400,000 transfers every month.

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