Empowering disadvantaged children through education and leadership development in Zimbabwe.
#100SCHOLARSHIPS TO CHANGE THE WORLD IN ZIMBABWE
Our #100Scholarships Initiative is one of our signature programs. We are supporting 100 children in rural Zimbabwe, and 70 of these are girls who could not afford to go to school without our help. The likely alternative for 70 girls in this group is that they are at risk of early marriages and no chance to pursue an education. Our commitment is to change the lives of young people through education and leadership development
ELIZABETH A. MANGWADI
MEET JOANAH & ELIZABETH
A family working hard to secure an education.
Joana was born on September 6, 2003. She resides at Stand Number 8, Village 11, Musena. Her disabled father passed away on July 22, 2019, leaving Joana under the care of her widowed mother, Auxilia Mahachi. Her mother suffers from back problems that prevent her from assisting Joanna financially and most of the money for her education was spent on medical expenses for her father. Joana was able to acquire BEAM funds in primary school but was cut off at the secondary education level. Her talents include farming, cycling, and singing. She intends to work hard and become an Agricultural Extension Officer.
Elizabeth was born on August 27, 1999 and lives with Joana. After both of her parents passed away in her early childhood, she was taken in by Auxilia Mahachi. Joana and Elizabeth spent a lot of their time working, which includes tilling the land, harvesting crops and doing chores. Elizabeth left school when she could not acquire school fees, stationery, and other necessities. Elizabeth wants to get an education but is unable to for the same reasons that Joana cannot. She was able to secure BEAM funds during primary school which helped her to complete grade 7 examinations. Similar to Joana, her talents include farming, cycling, and singing. Elizabeth intends on becoming a medical doctor after graduating.
MEET ELIZABETH MANGWADI
I was born in a polygamous family, I missed the opportunity to go to school.
Elizabeth was born on September 17, 2002. She lives in Stand Number 11, Village 7, Musena in Mvuma. Her father, Never Mangwadi, has two wives; Elizabeth's mother has five kids including Elizabeth, and her stepmother has six kids. There are two boys and nine girls in total, Elizabeth being the second in her family of five. Five of the kids are of school-going age but Never kept Elizabeth from going to school because of the cost of education for his other children due to lack of income. Families in the area often sell their domestic animals in order to pay school fees, but the Mangwadi family doesn't have any animals. Instead, they farm and fish for survival. Elizabeth's mom gardens, selling home-grown tomatoes for survival. The family also survives on fishing. Elizabeth's stepmother is a teacher in Silobela, and Elizabeth hopes to become a teacher in the future.
MEET DORCAS MADAMOMBE
A Sign of life, despite her inherent disabilities.
Dorcas was born on June 7th, 2003. Dorcas lives with five other siblings. Dorcas and two of her siblings are deaf and mute and often face discrimination due to a lack of accommodation in Zimbabwe. Her father separated from her mother because of the disagreements over the disabilities of their children. Most of the time Dorcas' mother is away from home and the siblings live alone. Neighbors help them with food because the family is burdened with many children. Dorcas' disability is her biggest disadvantage, but she is also quite affected by the separation of her parents. Dorcas is interested in playing netball and she wants to become a nurse.
MEET RUDO AND PETRONELLA
Teacher and Nurse, and a pair of dreams.
Petronella, born in 2002, is the firstborn in a family of seven. Her parents are unemployed and survive by working in the villages. They attempted to farm but weren't able to plough the fields because they don't have any cattle to push the plough. Petronella has worked as a maid since 2017, earning 70 bond (equal to US$7). The money she makes is used to sustain their family. She was educated up to a grade seven level. She strives to become a teacher after completing her schooling.
Rudo, born in 2004, is the second born. She too dropped out of school after finishing grade seven, as did her sister and her father. Rudo is talented at writing poetry. She also writes stories as a narrative of the events in her own life story. She wants to be a nurse after completing her schooling.
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