Women are powerful, and we have the desire and drive to improve the world around us, but sometimes our voices and actions go unheard or are never developed because of a lack of opportunity. Sometimes that opportunity is taken away because of culture, sometimes because of socioeconomic status, and sometimes because of a lack of education.
At Action Two Africa, we believe that strong women’s voices ought to be heard. We want to encourage them, and help them develop those voices and use them to change their communities. Part of how we do that is by helping them attain an education, which allows them to be agents of change in their communities regarding issues relating to access to education, rights, and opportunities.
One of the voices we want you to hear is Jackline’s. A few years ago Jackline’s father passed away. She and her four siblings had to move in with their grandfather and his eight children. The 14 of them lived in a two bedroom home with dirt floors. They ate one meal a day and shared a pit toilet with their other neighbors. They knew there was no way they would be able to pay for Jackline’s school fees, so her grandfather reached out to Action Two Africa for help. Jackline was enrolled in our Child Sponsorship Program, and is currently thriving in school. She recognizes the importance of her education and knows that it will open doors to allow her to create positive change for others in her community. “I have realized that I can do my very best in school, and that I have the potential to have a bright future,” she says, “when I finish secondary school, I want to go to college, so that I can become an important person in my community who can help others and make changes.”
Much like Jackline, there are many other young women wanting the opportunity to get a quality education so that they can create change within their communities. Only a few barriers exist to this education, but being able to afford tuition is one of the biggest of them. Everyone who contributes to what we are doing here at Action Two Africa is helping young women, like Jackline, have their powerful voices can be heard. These women are agents of chance, and if this one small barrier is removed, their voices will make a lasting impression on their lives, their communities, and the entire world.