Every one of us has the potential for remarkable achievements and every one of us can accomplish the impossible in our lives if given the right inspiration and motivation to do so. This is how I may summarize the good will that Join My Village (JMV) is doing.
Most of our rural girls we support both in Primary and Secondary schools in Kasungu have never been to town and if you ask them what they want to be when they grew up, many of them will tell you “I want to be a Nurse”. If you ask them why, the answer is as exact as you think “I want to help the sick”. Good ambitions of course, but if all of us become Nurses, then who is going to do the other jobs?
With this in mind, JMV took role models to mentor and motivate girls at various Secondary schools so these girls can broaden their horizons. “I have no doubt that the girls have been given more options to choose from,” said Daisy Chitete who works as JMV Monitoring and evaluation officer. The activity which attracted more attention from the girls proved to be worth doing.
Girls first felt that nursing is only for women and the rest is for men. Not surprising then that many questions went to the police officer as many of our rural girls thought it is very rare for most women to work as Police Officers. They think it is not possible for them to be accountants, managers and even prominent business women.
One by one our mentors started by explaining their career path to their current situation. “It’s not that we faced no challenges in our education. Challenges were there but we had to be visional, committed, determined and sacrifice everything at the expense of education,” said Linda Maluwo a Nurse at Kasungu district hospital to the attentive group of girls.
“We have been telling these girls that they cannot say they want to be managers, police women, field officers, business women or nurses if they are not passionate for themselves”, said Florence Kasende another role model who is a product of the University of Malawi when asked what was her point of emphasis during her mentorship.
It was age that also kept on attracting our girls to aspire and ask more questions. Most of our role models average age was 23 years.
The activity which reached out to more than 1000 girls left many of them inspired and motivated and made them keep on thinking what they thought was impossible to them is possible. They looked touched by some of the untold stories of perseverance from some our role models which comprised of a Police Officer, Secondary School teacher, Nurse as well as CARE staffers.
Seeing is believing! Our girls can now think broader!