Betty Makoni, leader of the Girl Child Network, Zimbabwe, shared with us this moving note from a student, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary:
I was at Tsindi Secondary School in Rusape, Manicaland in 2006. I just want to say a big thank you to you and the Girl Child Network Trust Zimbabwe. You helped me a lot not financially but with the sweeet and advising words you said when you came to our School. Now I have grown knowing my rights, knowing I have to speak up and always view the sky as the limit.
Me being brought up in our small village and we did not have enough opportunities to do what other girls where doing, I used to look at myself like I am nothing and whenever we had sports and gatherings, I used to feel like I do not exist. Thanks to you I finally saw the potential which was inside myself, right now as I write to you I am studying Nursing and Paramedic and I will be going to university in September which is amazing. I will be going to Oxford university by the way and I give all the thanks to you because you made me realise I can do anything.I hope the GCNT is still going on nomatter what happened or what happens back home.
Thank you very much and god bless!!! I hope Mai Mvududu is still chearful as she used to be. Love you and take care."
Betty also shared this poem that she wrote in honor of this student: From torn paper to laptop to email to technology to communication From silent victims of harmful cultural practices to international advocates for girls rights From speechless girls, to mouthful girls From the smoky huts to five star hotels From the dark potholed dusty roads of remote rural areas to lightful streets of Oxford,New York,Harare From invisible past to visible present and future From tearful songs to songs of empowerment From verseless poverty to voiceful poetry Girls are walking in the fullness of their potential
Visit GCN's web site: Girl Child Network
Muadi Mukenge is the Regional Director for Sub Saharan Africa at the Global Fund for Women.