Zipporah was a girl on the verge of giving up in life following several hardships and sufferings in her young life. She did not get to know her father because he died when she was very young so she had to be brought up by a single mother and later by her older siblings. Zipporah was a prime candidate for female circumcision in her early teens because if she went through this rite, she would be married off and cease to be a liability to her family and become an asset. She was to be married off next after her 15-year-old older sister dropped out of school due to early pregnancy and was promptly married off to an old man.
Zipporah was brave enough to share with her teacher the plans her family had for her. But after getting tuition support from Nenkashe and getting through 2 years of secondary school, Zipporah confessed to her teacher that she was unhappy, stressed, and felt lost in class because she did not understand what was being taught. Her academic performance was poor and rated at the bottom of her class.
Following counselling and mentoring sessions that all Nenkashe sponsored girls go through, Zipporah discovered that despite her low academic performance, she can still make a good living doing what she likes. She learned that Vocational Training Centres (VTC’s) provide basic technical skills to youth who may not achieve enough marks to earn them places in middle level colleges or universities.
Nenkashe Education Centre made arrangements for Zipporah to pursue a course in Hair Dressing and Dress Making at Isinya Youth Polytechnic. Today Zipporah is an entirely different person. She is at the top of her class, 2nd out of 36 students, and her colleagues have elected her to be their class representative.
Thank you for helping to change lives for young people like Zipporah who without your assistance would have to face life’s challenges on their own.
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