In the nineteenth century the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twenty first century it is the struggle for equality for women and their daughters around the world. Bekezela Nsingo was born and raised in rural Zimbabwe. Married at 21, widowed at 27, experienced human trafficking. But education changed all that. I founded African Mothers Foundation International in 2008 to help end global poverty by educating girls. Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. There will never be a substitute for education it’s a lifelong investment. I always tell girls who drop out from school that, running away from education is running away from a better life. Everything I share with the girls comes from my experience as a village girl. I am lucky l have that unique experience of emerging from an African village to a global village. I understand the transformative power of education because I have experienced it myself. And because I understand what it means to be poor.
I have a strong sense of empathy. The way I relate to girls empowerment and gender equality in communities is profoundly respectful and bottom up approach. It leads to thousands of small actions that, cumulatively, create something extremely powerful. That’s the reason African Mothers Foundation International was born out of the passion l have for girls education and to change the image proclaimed of us village girls.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female President restored Liberia’s electricity, this is an example of what can happen when the best and brightest girls in our communities or continent are given a world class education. In Insiza AMFI help keep girls in school as we all know that The best way to effect change long term is to give girls exposure and opportunity and also nurture them to understand their own power and possibility poverty is just a situation.
Development work is never easy. But it is essential to creating a world in which more people in more places have the opportunity to live up to their God-given potential a world that is more equitable, democratic, prosperous, and resources accessible by everyone including girls and women. l am where l am today because l was given the chance to be the change l wanted to see in my community.
During the last four years I has been recognised with many international nominations and awards culminating in being presented:
- UnLtd Level One Award
- Life Changers Award 2011 for the best replicable project.
- Women4Africa Award (Recognition Award)
- Zimbabwe Achievers Community Champion Nominee (2011 and 2012) Gathering of best Africans (GAB) Nominee- International Development Award 2012.
- Positive Role Model for Gender Award 2012 ( National Diversity Award, Pictured) Zimbabwe Achievers Community Organisation of the year 2013
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