Achieving DREAMS: Bantwana’s documentation series
DREAMS and DREAMS Innovation Challenge changed the life course of many thousands of girls. We are proud to have been a part of these journeys and are pleased to share a handful of memorable success stories. We hope you will enjoy!
The Second Chance for a Young Mother – Stories from DREAMS in Zimbabwe
Yolanda Mudzodzo is a 21-year-old mother of one. She was born and raised in Madombwe village in Mazowe district of Zimbabwe. She grew up in a stable and happy home, but sadly both her parents passed away in 2014 leaving her under the guardianship of her grandmother.
When Rose, 17, and her seven siblings lost their father to HIV/AIDS, their mother struggled to provide food for her family and send her kids to school. One by one, Rose’s siblings were forced to drop out of school.
Taking Failure off the Table – Stories from DREAMS in Uganda
Growing up, Jackie, 20, always dreamed of becoming a school teacher. However, her ambitions were crushed when her parents died due to HIV/AIDS.
Mission Possible – Stories from DREAMS in Eswatini
When Noncedo was impregnated and abandoned by her boyfriend at 18, her family and the government stopped supporting her. She had nowhere to stay and had to take responsibility of her baby alone.
Vocational Skills helped them Succeed – Stories from DREAMS in Tanzania
Leah, 19, and Irene, 22, were forced to drop out of secondary school because of unexpected pregnancy.Their parents felt ashamed of them and the girls were exposed to the realities of being abandoned at the young age.