OUR LATEST ACTIVITIES
On January 7th, over 50 young people, most of them young mothers, started with the actual class of Computer Literacy at EBLI. This year, we enlarge the part of tuition in life skills, so the students will learn more about SRHR and GBV and how they can change their behavior. And they will also be taught in business skills to start an independent, successful life - even if they dropped out of school and do not have a Certificate of Secondary Education.
Would you like to know more about EBLI’s students? Let us present you some of them. Today, we like to introduce you Jackline. Jackline is 18 years old and lives together with a female relative in Mabatini, Mwanza. In March 2018, she had to leave Secondary School, because she attended classes not regularly, due to a lack of financial support from her parents for school material, uniform and transport fees as well as the family needed her to help at home. Jackline was happy, to find a job at a bar, where she earned some money and also found new female friends at her age. She also met a young man, 25 years old, who became her boyfriend. Soon, Jackline became pregnant and her boyfriend refused to meet her again, as he had no intention at all to marry her. Jackline was seeking support and advice from her new friends. They were telling her, she could not give birth to that child. She would lose her job, would get problems with her family and - most important - would lose them as her close friends. Finally, the girls convinced Jackline, to have an abortion and to do it at one of the girls’ home. Luckily, Jackline survived the procedure and does not seem to have any health issues due to the self-made abortion, but until today, she has not met a gynecologist. As time passed by, Jackline began to doubt about her friendship with these young women. And when she got a flyer with information about EBLI’s Computer Literacy program, she decided, to quit her job at the bar, to left these girls behind and to start the program. After finishing the program, she wants to work as a secretary to earn enough money to support her family and to have a family of her own - one day.