From the moment of her birth, a Maasai girl's life and its progression is fixed. As soon as she can walk, she will help her mother build their dung hut. She will walk miles for water and firewood before she is seven years-old. She will marry a man her father has chosen for her as soon as she finishes primary school; a much older man with other wives who will expect her to begin bearing his children at age 12 or 13. She will live in poverty her whole life and die young unless something dramatic affects this life trajectory.
EfforTZ has given 30 of these girls the amazing chance to escape these forced child marriages and attend secondary school and college. However, they still carry with them an inability to move easily through today's world. They can navigate life in a dusty, arid village in a remote area but they haven't had any experience dealing with money, banks, budgets, and the other basics of living independent lives.
We believe it is our obligation to provide these young girls with the skills as critically important to their success in life and employment as subjects such as math and chemistry. This is what enrollment in this program will begin to develop within them.
This intensive one week residential program will focus on the following key areas:
Life Skills (Planning and goal setting)
Financial Skills (Banking and budgeting)
Leadership Skills (Communicating, influencing, motivating, and delegating)
Work Skills (CV or resume writing, interviewing, and entrepreneurship)
Career Options (Presentations by professionals, entrepreneurs, and educational tours)
Personal Skills (Controlling your body, understanding your rights, protecting yourself)
While this intensive program will not fill the entire gap in the life skills of these girls, it is a beginning. We expect that over their next school recesses, we will expand the Maasai girls' knowledge and exposure in many of these areas by having them plan, develop, and manage projects with these new skills which will be used to improve the lives of their mothers and sisters in their village.