Xhitani on far left, Elizabeth - third from left
Last year we introduced Elizabeth Musavengana - one of the girls we have been sponsoring for the past six years. I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth passed her Advanced Level studies with flying colors. She obtained an A in Mathematics, B in Accounting, and another B in Business Studies. We are very impressed with Elizabeth's outstanding performance. Although she faced a lot of obstacles that could have easily discouraged her she refused to let these obstacles deter her from obtaining an education. As I mentioned in one of the progress reports from last year, Elizabeth comes from a polygamous family. Her father doesn't believe in educating girls.
In these rural areas the majority of the girls usually drop out of school after high school due to lack of funds or due to poor grades. These girls find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty – they are not able to continue their education and yet they are ill-prepared to enter the workforce. Unlike their counterparts, the urban youths who undergo skills training, rural youths have no opportunities to learn needed job skills because such services are limited, or in most cases non-existent in the rural areas. Since there is nothing for these girls to do they end up getting married at an early age.
That's why we are very proud of Elizabeth's accomplishments. However, we realize that despite her tenacity and dedication without your help her effort would have been in vain.
Xhitani Sithole is another student we have been sponsoring for the past 6 years. Xhitani also passed his Advanced Level studies with flying colors. He obtained an A in Divinity and a B in Business Studies.
Both Elizabeth and Xhitani plan to attend the University of Zimbabwe this fall.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for making this possible. Through your generosity you have unlocked and opened doors of opportunity for these young people.