Lindy Mabuya is the first in her family to graduate high school, move to a different country, and pursue a university degree.
Growing up near Johannesburg, South Africa, Mabuya dreamed of helping people.
As an au pair with responsibility for four little boys—three with varying degrees of autism—she found her calling.
She’s majoring in family and human services at the UO, thanks to the John and Joy Haines Scholarship for African Students.
“College was always a dream of mine,” Mabuya said. “A scholarship can really mean the difference between making and breaking a dream.”
She said she chose the UO because of the scholarship, small classes, and the opportunity to focus on autism as an undergraduate. Now she dreams of returning home to help children by setting up a family support program similar to the Relief Nursery in Eugene.
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