Vision4 Women empowers girls

HAPPY CAMPERS: From left, Zimkhitha Twecu, 15, Kaylin Jordan, 17, and Jane Basterman, 17, enjoyed eating outdoors. Picture: GILLIAN McAINSH
HAPPY CAMPERS: From left, Zimkhitha Twecu, 15, Kaylin Jordan, 17, and Jane Basterman, 17, enjoyed eating outdoors. Picture: GILLIAN McAINSH

A GROUP of 36 matric girls camped at Culturama outside Uitenhage over the Freedom Day weekend in an outreach aimed at giving them the confidence to follow their career dreams.

The girls – chosen from more than a dozen high schools in northern and township areas of Nelson Mandela Bay – are part of Vision4 Women’s 2014 matric mentoring programme.

Project manager Gigi Mesani said the “Amazing You” themed weekend was the first of three camps the girls would attend as part of the year-long programme.

“The activities that they do include formal sessions, games and workshops,” Mesani said.

The girls had an action-packed schedule, waking at dawn for physical exercises then attending seminars on personality, self-esteem, assertiveness, values, goal-setting and personal financial management before evening entertainment that included a pyjama party, concert and movie.

“The venue was perfect,” said Mesani of the picturesque campsite, situated about 40km outside the Bay.

On Sunday afternoon, the group attended a concert at the Athenaeum by teen violinist Neo Motsatse.

“It was a beautiful outing for the girls,” Mesani said.

“I was following their conversations on Facebook and one girl said she feels confident now that she really is destined for greatness, because the camp had boosted her confidence so much.”

This is the third year Vision4 Women is running its matric girls’ mentorship programme, pairing PE businesswomen with pupils from schools in less affluent suburbs. – Gillian McAinsh

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