This is Brenda. Brenda is a current AGE Africa scholar at Mulunguzi Secondary School who overcame many hurdles to get her education. When she started secondary school, her family was unable to pay her school fees and it wasn't until her brother spoke with the Head of Mulunguzi that she was able to find AGE and continue her education. Brenda's journey to education is remarkable, and strikingly similar to many of our AGE Africa scholars, but what sets her apart is her well-spoken dedication to others. She has personal goals such as becoming a doctor, or perhaps a journalist, but regardless of which career she chooses, she has a few ultimate goals: to help her parents, relatives, friends and many more! In her own words:
"If God is going to continue to bless me and help me acheive my goals, I want to help others, eg. orphans, elderly people, people with disabilities and many others. I want to do this because I see the importance of helping others as AGE helped me to be where I am."
We see Brenda as such an inspiration! In our leadership curriculum, we help our scholars to see that they are role models in their communities and that they have the unique opportunity to make a difference by piloting village-based girls clubs, mentoring other girls and being an approachable leader--Brenda is well on her way to doing all of these things!
Brenda and many of our other scholars and alumnae also frequently express that they would like AGE Africa to continue doing what we're doing and to help as many girls as possible. We're listening! As we ask our scholars to serve as leaders and give back to their communities, we're also trying to support more girls.
This year, with the help of an amazing 2013 Tri for Malawi Team, we're aiming to raise 100K to directly support 140 Malawian Girls getting their secondary education. That's 140 new opportunities for community leadership, 140 lives changed forever, 140 students who can follow in the footsteps of our current students and alumnae like Brenda, Mary and Lesenia.