Elizabeth Paulus is just one of the many emotional mothers who stood outside the Safari Hotel on Friday waiting for their newly graduated children to join them for pictures.
Clinging to a bouquet of plastic flowers while her eyes frantically searched for her son among the sea of people, Paulus said the road had been long, but worthwhile.
“I am a widow. It was really hard to find the means.
I had to call my relatives together to help me to keep him in school,” she said.
While many students were fortunate enough to get scholarships or bursaries, others like Paulus’s son had only their parents to count on.
Just as she shared his burden over the last four years, Paulus now shares in her son’s joy.
“I could not even sleep this week. I wanted this day to come so badly that I even woke up at 02:00 this morning,” she said, laughing.
Equally relieved that she can finally sleep without worrying where the money for books will come from, Josephine Shamange said: “God is good.”
As a single parent she raised her children with N$60 that she earned from ironing people’s clothes. She recently found a government job as a cleaner.
“Money was a problem. I was struggling to pay her studies. I had no school I am uneducated. I hope she will take care of her little sister and brothers now,” said Shamange.
A happy and relieved Paulina Auchamus, who had adopted her nephew after the death of her brother, said she could only praise the Lord.
“It is only He who has carried us through this,” she said, adding that she can finally sleep peacefully without worrying about money.
“He will take care of me now,” she said with a broad smile.
By JEMIMA BEUKES: Namibian Sun