This year we feature Mary (not her real name) who has received educational support from SOS CVZ since 2017. A sibling head of a family of two and currently enrolled at a local university.
She is grateful for SOS CVZ coming to her rescue together with her sibling when on the verge of dropping out of school after she lost both parents and left to take care of her younger sibling.
Her only wish was to continue with school despite community pressures to get married and escape poverty. Today she is proud of the girl she has become and sees herself as an advocate for human rights in the near future. Mary recognises International Day of the Girl Child as a special day where girls are reminded that they have a right to be heard and their needs matter.
“It is so empowering to know that you are equal to every other human being and being a girl should not be a barrier to access the most valuable things in life like education,” she said.
Mary encourages every other Zimbabwean girl that no matter the situations you come across in life, there is a better way out to achieve your goals!
Offering girls basic education is one sure way of giving them much greater power of enabling them to make genuine choices over the kind of lives they wish to lead. It is just a basic human right!