Getruda Jeremiah (IB 1), who joined Waterford in the beginning of the year, is already having a great time at the school. “I just like Waterford,” she says. She hails from Tanzania, and graduated from Kikaro Secondary school in November of 2016. Getruda’s guardians are farmers and her coming to Waterford has been made possible by Camfed; an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls from marginalized backgrounds to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. She is supported by Waterford’s sister college, UWC South East Asia.
On her career goals, Getruda says, “I decided long ago that I want to become a medical doctor, specializing in women and children’s health, and because of this I work very hard in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. One day I want to have a counselling centre focusing on women heath issues.” Getruda is an exemplary student, and consistently demonstrates excellent leadership skills. She has previously served as an academic leader at her school – responsible for organizing debates, helping students through counselling and encouraging students to maintain good relationships with teachers.
Getruda first heard about Waterford Kamhlaba through her teacher and she later read more about the school through internet. She says, “Waterford is already exposing me to people from different backgrounds and nationalities as well as preparing me to be a highly skilled student with a strong sense of the importance of service and community. I enjoyed our recent interaction with St Joseph’s high school (school for the disable) students.” In her spare time, Getruda loves singing and dancing to gospel music. At Waterford, she plays tennis.