I am starting to feel really lucky that I have had such a wonderful experience at Vision of Hope. Each of the girls I have met have been incredible, and I would come back to Zambia just to see how much further Vision of Hope has come. Yesterday we did an empowerment training with the girls, where we went over their future plans. I hadn't realized how long it would take, as most of the girls are just learning to read and write, and needed help with spelling. A couple of them are still illiterate, but are hoping to go to school next year. Their hopes and dreams for the future were just like any other child's, and it was a great experience to hear what they had to say.
Today the girls made their first piece of paper for an income generating activity we secured a small grant for. The girls are then going to make notebooks, which they will at the market. It was a lot of fun for us to see how excited they were, and I am really hoping we can at least finish a few prototypes before we leave at the end of next week. I am really going to miss the girls, as they have played a really important role in my experience here.
"I don't go to school now, but would like to go next year. In five years, I will own my own tailoring shop." -Modesta
"I want to be a journalist. When I am a news reporter, I want to take care of my family and my children. In five years, you will see me on the television." - Sopiso