Camp equips girls to cope

And in­spires them to help com­mu­ni­ties

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ATHENA O’REILLY

AFIVE-day camp fo­cus­ing on ad­dress­ing the com­mu­nity chal­lenges faced by young women in the Buf­falo City Metro ear­lier this month brought to­gether 50 pupil lead­ers from eight schools in the city.

Bumb’in­gomso Lead­er­ship Camp in Gonu­bie cul­mi­nated in com­mu­nity projects that the young women iden­ti­fied within their var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion will help cul­ti­vate these com­mu­nity projects in prac­ti­cal ways for the next year by in­tro­duc­ing a men­tor­ship pro­gramme at the schools.

The 36-week men­tor­ship pro­gramme will en­sure that clubs are started at the schools and en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Bumb’in­gomso com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor Spokazi Tyi­wani said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was a youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme that sup­ported and em­pow­ered young women to ful­fil their po­ten­tial.

She said the ses­sions the girls at­tended were aimed at guid­ing them in de­ci­sion-mak­ing and deal­ing with the chal­lenges they faced ev­ery day in their com­mu­ni­ties.

“It was very good to see they took the ini­tia­tive and many young women shared their projects and ideas,” she said.

A sec­ondary source base­line study was con­ducted to as­sist the plan­ning of the Bumb’in­gomso HIV preven­tion project, im­ple­mented in BCM.

“We want to de­crease new in­fec­tions of HIV, in­form and em­power young women to take full own­er­ship of their bod­ies and lead com­mu­nity-wide change that makes Buf­falo City a safe place for women to thrive,” Tyi­wani said.

Bumb’in­gomso be­lieves that com­plet­ing high school re­duces the chances of HIV in­fec­tions.

Its aim is to en­sure young peo­ple re­main in school and im­prove their ac­cess to eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Sanelisiwe Tsen­gwa, 19, of Ama­linda, said she had learnt use­ful skills at the camp.

“I’ve learnt a lot from this camp, firstly on how im­por­tant our goals and dreams are, that our val­ues should be cher­ished and lived by in our daily lives and that be­liev­ing in our goals and never giv­ing up is a step­ping stone to be­ing strong young women.

Hud­son Park High School pupil Imkitha Mbu­tuma, 17, said: “The camp has been a phe­nom­e­nal ex­pe­ri­ence and it has fur­ther taught me how to work with peo­ple and how to have pa­tience and re­spect.

“One main thing I have taken out though is that you don’t have to be in­de­pen­dent in or­der to suc­ceed. In­deed um­ntu ngum­ntu nga­bantu [“I am be­cause we are”].

Nonkosikhona Moshani, 19, of Gonu­bie said she was most grate­ful for hav­ing been taught how to over­come ob­sta­cles. — or­eillya@ti­soblack­

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

EN­LIGHT­EN­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Pupils from around BCM took part in the Bumb’in­gomso Lead­er­ship Camp ear­lier this month, where they learnt valu­able life skills

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