Sepyani, 13, is the second child out of four. She has an older sister who graduated from senior high school but still hasn’t paid her school fee, so her sister couldn’t get her diploma. This is one of the things schools do, so that even if a student has attended, studied, and passed their courses, they still can’t officially show proof of graduation.
Even now, Sepyani still hasn’t paid her school fees for 4 months, so she couldn’t enroll into a senior high school, as her school won’t give her a diploma until she pays off her debt. She is due to start 10th grade, or Senior High, and the school fees there are the highest, and too much for those stuck in poverty.
In 2017, Sepyani’s father fell ill and and was in a coma for a week in the hospital. After regaining consciousness, her father couldn’t speak or hear normally like he used to. Before his sickness, her father used to earn around $7-8 per day. But now, due to his difficulty in communication, his father could only work as a butcher laborer and gets paid $4 per day.
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