Bakashana: Honor, Embrace, Lead

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Bakashana: Supporting Young Women from Rural Zambia with Education and Much More

Sara Muluti, a slight Zambian teenager with kind mahogany eyes and bright smile, is her family’s hope for a better future.  Sara is the second youngest child in a family of five, raised by a single mother who provides for her children by walking 1 ½ hours every day to sell vegetables in town.  “Being a school girl in this family has been a big challenge especially in trying to find just my basic needs to go to school,” Sara explains.  Despite the obstacles, Sara is the the only child in her family, and one of only a few in her entire class, to pass the notoriously difficult secondary school entry examinations.  Unfortunately, her mother could not pay the prohibitively expensive cost of her secondary school tuition, boarding fees and school supplies.

This is where Sara’s education would have ended if not for the non-profit organization BakashanaBakashana provided Sara with the financial and emotional support necessary to enroll in a girl’s secondary school and offered her boarding in its home with 13 other girls from similar circumstances.  Sara also benefits from Bakashana’s other programs, such as:

·Innovative reproductive health education taught by female elders in Sara’s culture so that she can avoid teen pregnancy, early marriage and HIV/AIDS

·Access to a computer literacy course and resource center

·Instruction in sustainable gardening

·Workshops on study skills and specialized tutoring

·Extracurricular field trips to important cultural sites, allowing her to connect with her heritage

Through Bakashana, Sara is getting much more than just a secondary education.  She is also obtaining the skills to be a positive role model who will inspire countless other girls and work towards social change and educational equity in Zambia.  

Bakashana is a registered 501c-3 non-profit which provides 51 young women from rural areas of Zambia’s Northern Province with educational opportunities.  Bakashana is a Bemba word which means “young woman,” or with a slight tonal difference, “the dancer.”

Your donation to Bakashana through Gofundme supports programming and resources including literacy classes, the library, resource center, and garden -which benefits all sponsored students.  Bakashana is also currently seeking sponsors for Sara and several other girls.  More information about sponsoring an individual student is available at:   http://www.bakashana.org/sponsor-a-young-woman/
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