So, tomorrow we launch the 2018 Girls’ empowerment 10 month programme for the South African office. The programme aims to provide adolescent girls with financial education and life skills so that they can play active roles in their families, communities and economies. It involves team sports and a life skills curriculum based on four training modules focusing on health and hygiene, ‘Be Healthy’; communication skills, ‘Be Yourself’; confidence and life skills, ‘Be Empowered’; and financial literacy, ‘Be Money Savvy’.
I’ve always been scared of public speaking let alone mentoring, sure it’s nerve wrecking but the scary part of me is how the audience receives my words…will my message be misconstrued? What if I scar or derail a child with my words? Those are typical thoughts that usually ring in my head before talking to the younger generation.
Today, I’m realising something else… that I need to be the Lungi that I needed growing up, be that relatable support system and listening ear for somebody else so they can blossom sooner and be braver in pursuit of their dreams.
I cannot imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t have the support from my friends and family, my dreams probably would’ve suffocated me. But the reality is that while I was fortunate to have people listen to my crazy ideas and dreams, not everyone has that.
You don’t always have to give advice or share your journeys, sometimes it’s small things like listening that can give them the courage to soar. Many would not believe that I have never met Tracy Edwards or Abby Ehler for that matter but I’ve learnt so much from their journeys. With Abby, all it took was her replying to a tweet…just that action alone made all the difference when I started sailing.
Like Mom always says, kufanele uphe abantu uthando even in the way you greet a person, sometimes it makes all the difference.
“Sail beyond the horizon; fly higher than you ever thought possible; magnify your existence by helping others; be kind to people and animals of all shapes and sizes; be true to what you value most; shine your light on the world; and be the person you were born to be.”Blake Beattie