When I arrived in the United States, I was blown away with how much learning resources were available to the students. In Africa, my entire school will be lucky if we had ONE textbook that the teachers will share. In the US, first day in class at Lincoln-West, I was given 2 textbooks in my Math class. One to use in class and the other to use at home. At Lakewood High School, Tri-C and Denison University it was not different. I had all the learning resources I needed to succeed. The Torrens Learning Center was started thanks to the grant from the Davis Peace Projects, Denison University, Lakewood High School and so many special individuals. Knowing that many students from Kirotshe will never have this golden opportunity I had to study in the United States, I wanted to see a learning center, a library full of educational materials including books, computers and many technological equipment in my village to help improve the educational standard and lead to a better educated community. The Torrens Learning Center was officially openly in January of 2013 and has served so many students so far. Most notably, all the secondary level students had to take a week to travel to Goma where they would type their final papers. This was very stressful to the students and their parents as the trip was expensive. Last year, all the students were able to type their papers in the Torrens Learning Center. They saved money and for the first time, typed their papers instead of paying someone to do it for them. I lived in Africa for almost 16 years and never saw a computer. The Torrens Learning Center is changing that and going beyond by giving access to computers for the students of Kirotshe. Something they never thought possible.
Going to college was the first time I was really away from my family. I wasn't afraid because I knew God had everything in control. What I didn't know was that He had prepared a new family for me down in Granville, Ohio. Thanks to their support, acceptance, patience, compassion, guidance, love to just start the list, I have become a better and stronger person. And for that, I will forever be grateful to God for my family. As you can see I also got my new sister Ellen and brother who I didn't get a chance to meet, but who is always present with us, Joe.
The Torrens Learning Center: About TLC
Coach Phil Torrens and his wife Sarah Torrens, my Denison University parents.