“I came to understand that when God decides to bless you, no one can block what He has decided.” These words from Kavira Matofali Mélanie serve as a reminder of God’s sovereignty and grace.
Kavira is a student in the Electronic Engineering department of Applied Sciences at UCBC. As one of multiple children, Kavira knew that she wanted to continue her studies beyond the secondary level and attend university. However, with a brother and sister who were enrolled at universities, her father was not financially able to afford her school fees. Kavira did not let this obstacle prevent her from her goals, and after receiving encouragement from a UCBC staff member, she decided to enroll with money she had saved from working as a decorator. Thanks to support through the NEXT 500 Future Leaders of Congo campaign, a scholarship program that covers over 80% of tuition through U.S. donors, a mere $15 enabled her to enroll at UCBC. Then, because with the support of her sister and an additional scholarship she received from the university, Kavira has been able to continue receiving a transformative education
A woman with big goals, Kavira aspires to start a business in the future which will focus on repurposing recycled plastic to reduce the amount of plastic waste in Congo and the world. Not only has her time at UCBC provided the opportunity for her to learn, explore new areas of knowledge, and combine conventional knowledge with practical experience through internships and specific course offerings, it has also strengthened her on a personal level. “Through my time at UCBC, I have learned maturity. Through difficulties, I learned to act with wisdom. I also learned endurance and how to love. I learned who I am,” Kavria reflects.
UCBC holds a special place in Kavira’s heart and reflects the Kindom of God in profound ways. As an institution, one can see God’s provisions for His children through stories like Kavira’s. Kavira notes,“UCBC is like a family and we help each other with our problems, just as God helps each of us.”
We celebrate Kavira, her courage, her transformation, and we look forward to her graduation this year.