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"I am currently in grade 10, and she is in her final year of high school. The DREAMS project has taken a huge burden off our mother. Now, she only has to worry about some of the expenses for Tionenji, who is being partially assisted by another scholarship provider. I go to school under the DREAMS scholarship, which is an all-expenses paid scholarship."
"But all this changed when I joined the mentoring program under DREAMS. In our group, we talk openly about periods and how to use pads. I learned that if I wear a pad, I don’t have to miss school anymore. We learned everything about menstrual hygiene, and I am now even confident to share what I know and my experience, with others."
"I was born in 1997. My parents died when I was just six months old. I grew up and started school in eastern province. In grade nine, I got pregnant and dropped out. The man who got me pregnant denied he had been responsible."
"Now, instead of being home all day doing nothing, I attend the DREAMS Mentoring and Family Literacy programs offered at Lubuto Library Partners. I always advise the girls in our mentoring program to wait and not rush into having sex. I tell them, 'I miss school … you need to understand the possible consequences of having sex at an early age.’"
"Then one of my friends told me about the DREAMS program at Ngwerere Lubuto Library. They were looking for young mothers who could learn how to read and write in three months. After graduating from this course, I joined the mentoring program and was selected for a DREAMS scholarship. The program bought us school shoes, bags, and books, and it also pays our school fees. I am now back in school, and my dream is to become a nurse upon completing my studies."
"I am what I am today, so brave and intelligent, because of DREAMS. I can tell my friends, my relatives, and my parents all about what I learn and do, at our DREAMS lessons. I thank our mentors and all who are helping us at DREAMS."
“I am happy that we have the DREAMS programs at the library, because apart from reading books, I now look forward to the mentoring sessions. The library means everything to me. We learn a lot of things, and I always tell my friends I’m going to the library. If anyone is looking for me, they know where to find me.”
“Through the mentoring program, I have been exposed to a variety of careers through the different fieldtrips we have been able to go on. Before joining DREAMS, I wanted to be a nurse because that is the only career I was exposed to and I am passionate about science subjects. My career choice changed during a field trip to the American Corner at National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA). It was my first time to not only touch but operate a computer, and if that is not enough, I met a female computer scientist who inspired me to take up a career in computer science."
“I am so happy to go back to school after being out of school for 6 years! I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the library.”
“I found inspiration to speak up in DREAMS books like I Am Malala, Express Yourself, She Takes a Stand and I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. I constantly ask myself if these young women took a stand and changed history why can’t I? I still remember when we went to Parliament on a DREAMS field trip I saw a woman working there I asked myself if she made it why can’t I? I believe where I am coming from doesn’t matter what matters is where am going.”
“Part of our mentoring program involves going on different career field trips. My favorite trip was to Airtel Zambia where I met influential women who inspired me and challenged me to be ambitious. Since joining the mentoring program, my attitude towards life has changed.”
“Today, I am committed to helping fellow survivors and bringing public attention to the realities of sexual abuse. I’m now mentoring adolescent girls and young women, helping them find inner strength to challenge and overcome abuse and discrimination. It is so important for them to feel safe speaking out, so justice can be served”
“I learned that a girl child needs school for her own survival and bright future. I learned a woman should not be silent [...] She should stand up for her rights.”
“I used to come to the library at St Daniels Comboni, and my friend told me about the all-boys DREAMS mentorship program. I got an intake form, and I enrolled for the program. Before I joined the mentorship program, I had very low self-esteem, never had courage, and my public speaking skills were terrible. I was greatly inspired by the program facilitators who not only taught me about HIV/AIDS but also helped with my self- esteem. The facilitators helped me face my fear of public speaking by allowing me to say a few things during the mentoring sessions. They also gave me an opportunity to go live on the radio. That was one of my best experiences.”