This weekend I went to the village Mwereerwe where my dear friend Lizzie teaches secondary Math and Physics. She put on a Girl's Empowerment weekend for all the female students in her school. Fellow PCV's Christine, Mandy, and Celeste also came. We each took a different topic and worked with the girls over the weekend. Christine taught the girls how to make paper beads so that they can adorn themselves but also as a way to create income. Mandy covered self-esteem, Celeste helped students make goals for their immediate and long-term lives, I taught the girls self-defense, and Lizzie tried to dispel HIV/AIDS myths and give out truthful facts regarding sex and this devastating disease that is growing world-wide.
The girls were so excited and happy to have us there. They asked some thoughtful questions, made some beautiful beads, affirmed each other, and gained some practical ways to keep themselves safe and defend themselves if need be.