As a small non-profit, with all funds were raised through personal contacts and private fund-raisers, we have been guided by Roots Zim to support these 5 girls for 2018.
It has always been our position that whatever number of girls we manage to put into high school we are at least changing the world for that girl.
Below are our selection for 2018.
MEET OUR CANDIDATES
Improving the country one girl at a time
Maybe is 13 years old and lives with her grandmother as both her parents are dead. Her grandmother is 68 years old and does piece jobs on farms to buy food and there is never enough left over to afford all the requirements for Maybe's high school education, uniforms and other items. When she can Maybe goes with her grandmother to help her sell the vegetables to help make ends meet.
Rosemary is 12 years old and lives with her grandmother since her father died and her mother remarried and works at a farm a distance away. She comes from a family of 8, her grandmother is the bread winner but is currently unemployed. She has not been able to afford school fees, uniforms or stationery for Rosemary as she also has her children which are school too. Rosemary has one uniform given to her by a woman school teacher.
Natasha is 12 years old and lives with her grandmother since her father died and her mother's works as a labourer on a nearby farm. Her mother does not earn much to support the family and finds it difficult to pay for the school tuition and other costs. Financial support for her schooling will allow her to focus on her education and progress.
Tanyaradzwa is 12 years old, her mother died and her father left her and her two siblings with her maternal grandparents and has disappeared. Her grandfather is the only one who works and he is a farm labourer on a very low wage and tries to support all the children but there is never enough money for all the obligations. She sometimes sells bananas from the farm to help her grandparents.
Neciuos is 12 years old and lives with her grandparents since her father died and her mother's whereabouts are unknown. Her grandparents are unemployed they struggle to look after Neciuos and her little sister and they find it difficult to pay for the school tuition and other costs. She is keen on her education and wants nothing more than to become a police officer, but she fears she may not be able to complete her education.
YEAR END UPDATE
In 2019 SOS Villages will be taking over the school fees for these girls as they are already operational in the area and we prioritise girls that have not alternative support. Thanks to Roots and we were delighted to be able to support the girls for this year.