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Pike, the co-founder, said: "Coming
to UNC, I didn't know I had it in me
to be part of a project like that. Once
I was filled with a sense of what we
were doing, it was the hardest I had
ever worked toward a goal in my life.
It was the first time I'd worked for
something real-what we were dealing
with were children's lives. The corrunit-
ment we have is lifelong-you can't go
and say, 'This is something I did one
Brenda Mudiyi made the cut, and, as
in the interview, there was some anxiety
as the awards ceremony approached.
"We were worried about the awards
ceremony because we didn't know how
she would react with other children away
from familiar places, in the capital city,"
Bolton said. "She was transformed when
we got there."
In her interview, "Brenda hadn't
seemed very childlike. It was like she
had the weight of the world on her
shoulders. At the awards ceremony,
though, she was very talkative and
happy. She met up with two of the other
girl scholars and the three ofthem were
inseparable, running around, giggling
and playing games. It was fantastic. She
was obviously so happy that she had
gotten the scholarship and would have a
chance at a future.
"It makes me so happy every morning
when I wake up knowing that she's
going to school."
When people think about helping the
poor, Chapman said, they often send
money or food. "That doesn't work. It
all begins with education, and these kids
are the future of Zimbabwe. By giving
these children the chance to pursue an
education, we are doing something no
foreign aid could ever hope to do for the
Students For Students International is on
the World Wide Web at www.s4si.org.
Cynthia Eakes is ajunior history major and an
editorial intern with the Review. She is a long-
distance mentor to Morleen Pindeni, a 1995
scholar at Mutare Girls High School.
Nove mber / D ece m ber 1998