In the following article Mary Miyata writes how Lien Thipa went from Children’s Home to Flying

‘I met Lien in 2003 when she was only 7 years old. She was in the Baphumalele Children’s Home in the township of Khayelitsha just outside of Cape Town, South Africa- which I am sure you have heard of. She was a very talented fine art student in CAAP and we soon became very close friends.

Lien often assisted me with other younger children and organized various educational and fun outings when I took the children to my home and on trips. She is like a daughter to me. I was most delighted to be able to get her full financial aid to attend the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

During that time after her successful studies at the University of Cape Town, she was recruited by Qatar Airways and after only one interview, which is extremely unusual! She was hired and is now living in Doha and flying all over the world.

Presently, Lien and myself are in regular contact and talk via WhatsApp. She has let me know that she would like to become a pilot. She is currently exploring flight schools to see what she can afford.

If there is any way that one of our donors that is viewing our website could contribute to her aviation education, it would be an incredible gift to her.’

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