Week1 Introduction to machine care & maintenance
Last July a new life began for 12 very fortunate young women as our 2018/19 tailoring class took off to a fantastic start! 12 very grateful girls will receive free career training in our tailoring course, housing, food and mentoring, as well as access to English as a 2nd language and computer classes thanks to our overseas volunteers. Our dedicated staff, Martha and Joanne, along with our volunteers are working hard to ensure they have all the support they need to succeed.
MEET ONE OF OUR NEW STUDENTS. Her story is told in her own words.
Mary (I’ve changed her name for her privacy) is one of seven children, both of her parents are living. Her father is an unemployed alcoholic. Her mother, the pillar of the family, sells vegetables at the local market to support the family.
Mary was raped at school on April 25th, 2007. She was two months short of her 10th birthday. She says she remembers the day as Wednesday since it was such a traumatic event. She did not take any action, instead, she went home and kept silent out of shame. She felt afraid to tell her mum as she was so strict.
Mary continued with her studies but due to the trauma her grades began to fail; she dropped from number one to number twenty-one. People started to question her performance. Later she started feeling ill but didn’t know why. She was taken to the hospital where it was determined that she was 4 months pregnant. She was removed from school and secluded in her home until she gave birth. After her baby stopped breastfeeding she went back to school and finished her form four. Needless to say, this bright young girl now faced many challenges, school fees and supporting her baby being her biggest.
In 2016 Mary found a job as a house girl in order to raise money to help support her mother and her child. During her time working for this employer, she was not permitted any days off to visit her child. Several months would pass without receiving a paycheck, which eventually forced her to return home.
When she received a call from Kijiji Mission telling her that she had been accepted into the 2018/19 tailoring course, Mary felt that this opportunity of a lifetime was a dream come true and the answer to all of her prayers.
Your support means the world to these girls. This program would not exist without the incredible generosity of people like yourselves. On behalf of all of us, we say a big 'Thank You'!
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