Let's give girls training for a vibrant future

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
Let's give girls training for a vibrant future
Let's give girls training for a vibrant future
Let's give girls training for a vibrant future
Let's give girls training for a vibrant future
Let's give girls training for a vibrant future
Let's give girls training for a vibrant future

The Sandra Jones Centre recently had the pleasure of hosting the graduation ceremony for 16 young women who have just finished their agricultural training program.  This 12 month long gruelling course is not for the fainthearted, but these young women persevered and are now ready to go and start their own little farming projects in the rural areas.  The course includes a broiler chicken project, running a piggery, greenhouse farming and commercial vegetable farming.  We also train them in how to run a small business, communication, decision making, conflict resolution, goal setting and budgeting.  All skills that will be invaluable as they set out on their new lives as empowered young women.

What an amazing transforming has taken place in these girls.  They arrived at the centre defeated, with no self-confidence and no belief in themselves.  Through the course they learned that they are worthy and capable of steering their own future.  As Zimbabwe continues to fall into state of despair our girls now have the tools and resources to support themselves and their families.  There are many who play a part in this transformation and we would like  to acknowledge organizations like AFCA  who’s constant support makes it possible for us to this vital work.   

The team here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS thanks you for supporting this project and the work we do for the children in Africa.  As you start to make decisions regarding your end of year giving, please keep us in mind so we can continue our good work into 2023 and beyond.  We wish you a new year full of many blessings and as much hope as you have shared with us.  If you would like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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Never was there a need to educate young women in Zimbabwe than there is right now.  As the country moves towards having the highest inflation the world,  the need to educate young women becomes a top priority.    The alternative for many young women is poverty and child marriage. 

The Sandra Jones Centre, in partnership with the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, is committed to helping young women unleash their full potential.  Through their vocational skills training program teenage girls with no formal education can learn skills that will assist them in not only supporting themselves but also their families.  Skills such as running a chicken project, vegetable farming and greenhouse farming are included in their course along with life skills and business skills.  

We currently have 18 young women participating in our course.  We believe that when a girl is educated she is given choices – she gets to choose her own path and fulfill her dreams.  These young women believe they deserve a bright future.   And they know that with hard work and commitment they can achieve their goals.  Shannon knows the training she is receiving will put food on her table.  She is excited to take what is learning back to her community where she can teach other young women the skills she has received.

Thank you to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for helping us to help the young women of Zimbabwe. 

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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Twelve months ago 20 young ladies arrived at the Sandra Jones Centre ready to start their agricultural training course.  They were obviously nervous and not sure of what they’d got themselves into.  I doubt that any of them expected to be up at the crack of dawn to feed pigs, clean out chicken pens and dig vegetable gardens.  But they did it and they did it well…with smiles on their faces.

It was always a joy to walk through the farm and hear their sweet singing and beautiful harmonies as the went about their chores.  And through it all we watched them learn the importance of commitment, hard work and the importance of a positive attitude.  Their course included training in running a piggery, a broiler chicken project, greenhouse farming, growing vegetables, budgeting, marketing and life skills.

A year later, we have 18 young ladies who stuck with the program and completed the course.  Each one of the students graduated with the skills they needed to return to their homes and support themselves and their families.  Some were keen to run their own chicken projects, others were wanting to grow vegetables for sale and others wanted to find employment on farms.  We are so proud of our girls and have no doubt that each one will be successful at whatever she puts her hand to.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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As we end the year, another sixteen young women will be educated and ready to leave the Sandra Jones Centre and either find employment or start up their own business.  What a way to start 2022!

Each one of these lovely ladies has experienced poverty and/or abuse and has welcomed the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and create a new life for themselves.  This has been made possible by the generous donations from your donations.  In the past five years, the Sandra Jones Centre has been given six greenhouses.  The beauty of this donation is that not only are girls receiving training in greenhouse farming but the centre also benefits from the finances generated from the sale of the vegetables grown in the greenhouses.  This helps us feed the 70+ children in our care. 

At this present time we have a fabulous crop of regular tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and corn and our cucumbers will ready in time for the new year.  And if you were to take a walk through our greenhouses you would be greeted with the joyful and melodious singing of our girls as they happily go about their work.

Thank you to AFCA and all who make this project a reality.  Every donation goes towards changing the lives of so many young women in Zimbabwe.  Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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The young lady on the left is named Natalie and she is a student at Esigodini Agricultural College and because of AFCAs generosity, the folks at Providence Farm in Zimbabwe have been able to help her with the practical/business component of their diploma, as she did her project on seedling production.

Natalie is the second youngest in a family of six children. Both her parents are unemployed (over 90% of Zimbabweans are unemployed) and live in a rural home in Figtree, which is about 30kg west of Bulawayo. She is the only one of her siblings to advance her education beyond high school and even this was done through the help f her sister, who helped pay for Natalie’s school fees through high school.

Natalie didn’t stop there, though! She has paid her own way through college and has excelled in her studies. She has a job at a local dairy farm and will start her own projects at her rural home while she is earning an income. Her goal is simple - get her family to the point where they are no longer in abject poverty and to become self-sufficient through her projects.

In a country with rampant food insecurity and sky rocketing unemployment, Natalie has managed to do the seemingly impossible – she received an education, holds down a job and is learning how to feed herself and others. What a testament to hard work and dedication!

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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