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End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia

by African Education Program
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia
End Period Poverty for 200 Girls in Kafue, Zambia

Project Report | Aug 29, 2022
Charting the Success Story of Maureen

By Pamela O'Brien | Development Director

Maureen and her mother
Maureen and her mother

Maureen was born and raised in Chanyanya, a rural fishing village located near the Kafue River approximately 16 miles from the town of Kafue. In this ‘fisherman’s village’ there aren’t many opportunities for girls, and oftentimes, young girls are married off early to men old enough to be their fathers or grandfathers. This marks an end to their dreams and aspirations in life.

Luckily for Maureen, she was raised by a single mother who wanted more for her child. Maureen's mother not only raised four children by herself, she also ran her own business selling fish to provide for her family while encouraging her children to pursue an education.

In 2016, upon writing and passing her grade 7 exams, Maureen was awarded a scholarship to continue secondary school through AEP’s Rural Outreach Program. The Rural Outreach Program was created to provide the most marginalized girls and boys from Chanyanya scholarships to access to high school and AEP’s holistic after-school programs at their Learning & Leadership Center in Kafue. Education in Chanyanya ends in the 9th grade unless a family has the resources to have their children attend school in Kafue. 

As a beneficiary of the AEP's Rural Outreach Program, Maureen was able to attend secondary school without having to worry about paying mandatory school fees. As a part of AEP's holistic support, Maureen also didn't have to worry about finding food to eat as AEP's Nutrition Program provided a full, nutritious meal each day. And thanks to AEP's Health Program, Maureen was provided with menstrual health products and training so that she wouldn't have to experience period poverty and miss a day of school.

From the time that she completed secondary school and entered AEP's College Prep Program, Maureen decided to dedicate her mandatory gap year between high school and college to volunteering at AEP’s Learning & Leadership Center, teaching the 12th grade Biology and Mathematics classes and becoming a mentor and role model to her younger peers.

This summer, Maureen applied to study abroad in the United States through a partnership that AEP developed with SUNY Schenectady County Community College in New York. She was among eleven students in AEP’s College Prep Program who applied to SUNY Schenectady's Joan R. Dembinski '10 Study Abroad Scholarship, a full scholarship towards a two-year diploma. Maureen will be studying Math and Science at SUNY Schenectady. She chose this program as it will help her achieve her biggest dream, to become an Electrical Engineer. When asked why she chose electrical engineering, she said that the lack of electricity in her village was her motivation.

As Maureen continues to chart her own path of success, we thought it was equally important to share what she had to overcome. AEP opens the doors of opportunity for girls like Maureen so that they can step through them and achieve their dreams. Thank you for helping us make this happen!

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African Education Program

Location: Wayne, PA - USA
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Julie-Anne Savarit-Cosenza
Wayne , PA United States
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