Martha Mweetwa , a Zambian girl Grade Seven girl will forever be proud of herself the day she took a little step to bring change in her life, family and community. The first step and a very important choice she made was to participate in a Self-Discovery and Leadership training organized by Greight Foundation at the beginning of this year in her community in Lusaka, Zambia. Just a seventh grade student using her time wisely and being proactive is very important to her.
After the training which Martha describes to be ‘eye-opening and one that will leave an indelible mark in her life’ she was paired with a mentor named Roz Siegel in the USA. Martha and Roz mentoring journey was simple! Through exchange of hand written letters and emails which her big sister helps her to use the computer, the young girl and the visionary woman mentor connected and started communicating. Martha read with delight each letter and waited impatiently for her mentor’s emails. They were filled with words of encouragement, motivation and inspiration challenging her to be different, to be be the best in her community and to learn hard to be a prominent figure in future. For Martha ‘I am moved to tears because I have not met this woman in person but she is interested in my life and future which I am grateful for’
As she read and responded to the emails and letters her heart bulged with pride and excitement she cannot aptly describe. Just as when Martha was waiting to write her grade Seven examination at the end of October she received a parcel of books from Roz her mentor all the way from the USA to Zambia just to help support the education of Martha. In an excited tone Martha says “I am so happy to receive the books, she says, One of the books has science, mathematics and social and development studies, which is helping me in studying for the exams”, she says excitedly. The other books are helping Martha improving her spellings and vocabulary. Martha shares her books with some of the girls in her community.
Martha Mweeta is a participant in ‘Train-Coach-Mentor’ Girls Project in Zambia. Girls in Ghana,Kenya, Nepal and Zambia are currently participating and benefiting from this project. If you would like to mentor a girl or support this project in any way please email us- firstname.lastname@example.org