This month as we celebrate the role of women in our lives, as wives, mothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters, let us not forget the role all women can play as mentors in the lives of young girls around us.
Back when CAST first started working in KwaDabeka, one such relationship made a huge impact in the life of a young girl.
Thandeka was a teenager in KwaDabeka, surrounded by few positive female role models she could look up to. More often than not, women warned her to avoid making the same mistakes they had made as young girls – a negative message of “don’t do this”.
However, one of CAST’s social workers at the time reached out to Thandeka. The social worker took the time to build a trusting and caring mentoring relationship with her.
As Thandeka explains, “Most of who I am is because of the work she [her mentor] did with CAST.”
Now as a leader in her community, Thandeka takes the time to mentor young girls in KwaDabeka. She believes in the power of leading by example.
Recently she attended CAST’s first ever girls’ camp, and was excited to see girls exposed to other opportunities. She believes that when girls have something that occupies their time, gives them purpose and keeps them accountable, such as CAST’s Youth Development Programme, then real change happens. It is only through these long-term caring relationships that girls can overcome obstacles such as peer pressure.
This month as we take time to celebrate women, let’s lead by example. You too can make an impact in the life of a young person. If you would like to mentor an individual in one of the communities where CAST works, please contact Dale Nunes at: firstname.lastname@example.org