A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM STARTED BY
UNC STUDENTS AND BASED ON THE
MOREHEAD OFFERS BRIGHT
ZIMBABWEAN CHILDREN A SHOT AT
SECONDARY SCHOOLING - WITHOUT
WHICH THEIR OPTIONS ARE ALL BAD•
by CYNTHIA EAKES
Brenda Mudiyi's scholarship interview was tense, as expected- perhaps as much for the evaluators as it was for her.
"She was the most beautiful, adorable, sweet,
little girl, but obviously very unhappy," Laura
Bolton recalled. "When we would ask ques-
tions, she would not answer. She would sort
ofzone out and look out the window and
answer five minutes later."
Both of Brenda's parents had recently died
of AIDS. At 13 and the fifth ofsix children,
Brenda was on the low end of the pecking
order when meanness born of abject poverty
took over among her older siblings. Her
brother was selling off the family's small plot
ofland; Brenda and her younger brother
were left hungry in the rivalry for food. She
often fainted at school, where other students
teased her about being an orphan.