Burj (on left) still smiling at finishing line!
We start by thanking all of you who contributed to Burj’s ultra-marathon which raised £281 for Rafiki Girls Centre. Of course thank you to Burj for completing his epic 36 miles for Rafiki.
Beattah’s success story
Beatrice also known as “Beattah” grew up in Epworth one of the poorest community in Harare. Beattah has three sisters and one brother, and they lived in a three roomed house. Beattah’s father died in 2005 leaving her mother to be the bread winner. Beattah was unable to carry on her schooling, due to lack of funds for school fees. Beattah’s dream is to be an Air Hostess.
In 2006 at the age of 18 years old, Beattah was accepted at Rafiki and successfully completed her 6 months training, including a Beauty therapy course at People’s College. After training Beattah worked at a clinic as a receptionist. Using subjects Beattah had learned at Rafiki, Computers and Business Communication, she applied to do a course in Business Administration with London Chamber of Commerce International Board. Beattah received a Diploma in Business Administration. Beattah later advanced herself in computer skills and did a course in International Council Driver’s License.
Beattah looked for employment but did not get a job.
Beattah decided to pursue her dream. In 2012 Beattah saw an advert in the newspaper which was inviting applications from those who wanted to work as airhostesses or ticketing. Beattah applied to train as an Air hostess with Central Air Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe. When Beattah was finally called for training in 2013 she had no money to pay fees. Rafiki launched a successful appeal to cover her $750 fees. Beattah completed her air hostess training, but did not get a job immediately. So Beattah went to work at a housing estate agent.
Beattah then saw an advert on line from South Africa to study as air hostess. She saved up and redid the air hostess training to give her an advantage to find a job in South Africa. In June 2015 Beattah successfully completed training and was given the license to work as an air hostess. Beattah has since been appointed to work with Ethiopian Airlines starting August 2015.
Beattah’s dream has finally come true at 27 years of age! Beattah’s perseverance and tenacity has certainly motivated other girls.
Thank you for your support to Rafiki – please continue to give generously to help other women like Beattah to realise their dreams.