The PEF Programme Came to Our Rescue
Ngqabutho Fidelis Moyo
We were both enrolled at the University of South Africa (UNISA) studying different programs, and our parents were helping us to pay our fees.
We followed the counsel of church leaders and got married in 2008 despite all the odds and that meant that we had to fend for ourselves. We managed to get funds to pay for the first semester, but we could foresee that we would not be able to pay for the second semester.
Our financial situation worsened, because we were not formally employed. Times were hard in Zimbabwe during those days of hyperinflation, unstable economic environment and highly priced goods. By then we were also a couple of months pregnant.
The PEF program couldn’t have come at a better time for our family.
When we heard that PEF was now available we felt it was an answer to our prayers. We immediately applied as we wanted to complete our degrees to improve our economic circumstances. On the October 21st our baby was born. Two weeks later Faithful wrote exams, and she passed!
Amidst all this we were also called to serve in the church in November 2009; Ngqabutho was called as the Branch President for the newly organised Khumalo Branch (a calling he continues to hold until this day) and Faithful has served in the Young Women auxiliary as the first counsellor and currently serves as the Seminary teacher.
We are truly grateful for the PEF programme, because without it we would probably not have completed our degrees. Ngqabutho completed his Bachelor of Commerce in Economics in 2011 and is employed as a Virtual Banking Officer at a local bank.
Faithful completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Management in 2012 and currently works as an Administrative Assistant for the Bulawayo Zimbabwe Meetinghouse Facilities Department for the Church.
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