By Jasmine Shirey - Information and Project Officer
Greetings friends of FAWEZI! In our last report we gave you an update of how the teen moms FAWEZI is working with have been dealing with stigmatization, especially while enrolled under Non Formal Education and after. The Forum for African Women Educationalists – Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) has been engaging the beneficiarries in various group and individual mentorship sessions. Last report we told you about the latest sessions, which were aimed at building self-esteem. Most recently, our mentorship efforts have taken the form of career guidance. The increase in mentorship efforts came after the realisation that these teen moms need more than bursary support, and other material benefits, from FAWEZI. We have therefore intensified our holistic assistance by encouraging our beneficiaries to think about and explore careers post-graduation. Before, our conversations with the young women were hinged on academics and how best the organisation could provide all the direct and indirect school requirements. However, we are currently revamping on assertiveness and life skills. Talking about, and trying out, beyond-high-school-plans are part of this effort. As we have said, our main goal with this project and specifically the mentorship sessions, is to eliminate anything which may negatively affect the second chance at education (and various accompanying forms of liberation) that FAWEZI and of course you, our donors, have given these girls. We recently worked with a documentary film maker to make a short film about this project (7 min). We focused on the stories of a couple of beneficiaries and the obstacles they are facing. The film has sensitive material so we are not posting it on the internet but if you would like us to privately share it with you please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. In an individual career guidance meeting with our first beneficiary (and one of the women highlighted in the film), Grace, FAWEZI got the opportunity to congratulate her on passing her Ordinary (O) levels in English Language, English Literature, Commerce, Geography, Integrated Science, and Shona. Grace is currently working in the central business district, but she spoke about her interests in both journalism and hospitality. FAWEZI is now on the lookout for any relevant opportunities or applications we may send her way, and if funds continue to come in we would like to send Grace to a relevant certificate or degree program. FAWEZI and the teen moms are grateful for your unrelenting support and we continue to implore that you keep on supporting us and together we will celebrate our success. Let us continue to rebuild lives and restore hope! We are grateful to have you on board.
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