Chikumbuso Project in Lusaka strives to keep young girls in school by offering them free schooling, a bicycle, supplies, and girls clubs for focus. Yet despite all the help many girls still struggle. Everyday these girls learn that they need to be able stand on their own two feet. When the family support that most children need is already over burdened it is so easy for girls to slip through the cracks and disappear. Jane is a perfect example of the girl who disappeared. Jane, is an orphan girl who came to Chikumbuso over five years ago. She lived with her sister, her only surviving relative. Jane was full of life, intelligent and beautiful. As she blossomed in school and socially her sister found it difficult to watch and became jealous. In a rage of jealousy she had Jane thrown in jail for a weekend. When Jane emerged on Monday morning her life was upside down. She was shamed and shattered. Having no other place to live she moved in with her fiancee. Although she was able to take her ninth grade exams, school ended for her when she became pregnant. Now one year later, Jane returned to Chikumbuso to get away from an abusive man, get back into school and stand on her own once again. We are so happy that she has come back to school. It takes a lot of courage to admit defeat and even more to get back in the fight. Thank you so much for continuing your support for these children.
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