A 14-year-old girl named Pamela Sithole who worked as a domestic worker to sponsor her education has finally become successful as she becomes a Medical Doctor at the age of 24.
Pamela Sithole graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery. She graduated with a distinction in Dermatology.
Pamela started working as a domestic helper at the young age of 14. She mentioned that she was raised in the midst of challenges and financial circumstances.
She grew up with her single mother who had no job forcing her to take responsibilities so she could fend for herself together with her siblings. Pamela worked with the same family as a domestic worker till she got a job as an intern.
“Growing up there were a lot of challenges, including our financial circumstances and my parents’ divorce. My mother was left to provide for us and she was unemployed for the longest time,” Pamela said.
”As a result, we had no choice but to rely on my siblings to put me through school from an early age up until high school which put a lot of financial strain on them,” she added.
She juggled her part-time domestic work duties and her medical studies at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Pamela said she used her earnings to buy bare necessities such as food and clothing while studying.
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”Despite these challenges, I was determined to live up to my potential and applied myself diligently to my studies. Against all odds, I was able to juggle my studies with part-time work over the years having the ability to rise above my circumstances,” she said.
Despite being a domestic worker, Pamela said she did not abandon her dreams or believe it was the end for them. She persevered, seeing it as a lesson in humility and an improved ability to connect with people from various backgrounds.
She added that through all her challenges, she remained confident in a promising future, knowing that positive outcomes were only a matter of time. Pamela stated that she was able to receive funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme which assisted her.
“My hard work and commitment to my studies paid off when I received funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. This helping hand was to prove life changing,” she said.
Pamela advised anyone with a similar situation to hers to never despise humble beginnings, and at the same time not allow them to define their future emphasizing that with faith, all things are achievable.
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