Due to a number of reasons, the African girl-child, particularly those in the rural areas and those who come from less privileged backgrounds, never get the chance to fully exploit their abilities and their potential.
The conditions that they have to brave through on a daily basis leave most of them vulnerable to things and treatment that is not only detrimental to their self-esteem but also to their future.
Out of concern and love for the African Girl-Child, Ruth Makandiwa, through the Agape Family Care, launched the Girl Child She Can Awareness Campaign. This campaign is there not only to empower, educate and encourage young girls to pursue their goals with boldness but it is also a voice of reason to the rest of the population that the girl-child should be treated with respect and not undermined.
According to uis.unesco.org, across the Sub-Saharan region, 9 million girls between the ages of about 6 and 11 will never go to school at all, according to UIS data. Their disadvantage starts early: 23% of girls are out of primary school and by the time they become adolescents, the exclusion rate for girls is 36%.
In another report published by UNICEF Zimbabwe, a high percentage of girls were said to have sadly experienced some form of sexual violation before they got to the age of 18. (unicef.org/zimbabwe)
Ruth Emmanuel-Makandiwa, through the Agape Family Care, is on a mission to make young girls realize that the African girl-child can be a beam of positive change in their families and in their communities,
A mission to make young girls realize that the African girl-child can be a leader in the community and in the corporate world,
A mission to make young girls realize that they are not objects of abuse to anybody and that they are protected,
A mission to make young girls realize that no one has the right to violate them or look down upon them in whatever case,
A mission to make African girls to realize that they are beautiful and They Can!
Through campaigns and workshops in schools, both primary and secondary and in communities, Ruth Emmanuel-Makandiwa, through the Agape Family Care, is striving to make young African girls, particularly from less privileged backgrounds to have a full appreciation of who they are.
The Girl Child She Can Awareness Campaign started in October 2018 and recently, the Agape Family Care travelled to Matebeleland South Province where they visited 6 schools, enlightening and empowering the African girl-child because She Can!
(to be continued…)