On average over the past five years, we have sponsored 6 girls per year in Zimbabwe.
The following story is from one of our beneficiaries, highlighting her ambition and the obstacles that prevented her from completing secondary school before she was sponsored.
To protect her identity, the name of the girl has been changed.
“My greatest ambition is to become a doctor who specialises in women’s health and reproductive systems”
Chipo is a bright girl with a bright future ahead of her. She is the second born of three children, her parents separated when she was very young and she does not know her father’s whereabouts. She is the mother figure at home to her older brother and younger sister, since her mother does domestic work in South Africa and rarely comes home. As such, all household chores are waiting for her when she returns from school and it can be difficult at times for Chipo to retain her academic average. However, with the CGEF paying her school fees, Chipo does not have to face the prospect of leaving school altogether in order to find her own funds for school.
“The reason I want to become a gynaecologist is to give a free services to underprivileged women and I want to earn a better living so that I can help others to go to school. Women are deemed low status in our community, so I want to prove that this mentality is wrong. Since women are also important, I want to promote gender equality and having the status of a doctor will give me that platform.