When mam’ Nomfundo started the Rhoda Girls programme, she wanted to mentor young girls and to help them grow in every aspect of their lives. Due to lockdown our annual sessions like camps are on hold. So to keep us connected and guided, Sis’ Zama, our Foundation Manager introduced the “Help Her Grow” sessions. Every Wednesday we have a virtual meeting where we talk about different topics that contribute to every aspect in our lives.
Our first session focused on Career choices where our tertiary sisters who are also Rhoda Girls were able to enlighten those who are still in high school about the different career choices. Even though I am already in university, that session helped me to decide what qualification I will pursue for my Post-Grad.
The second session we had Dr. S Chonco who spoke to us about our mental health. Personally this helped me realise that it’s okay to express your emotions and talk about things, it is NOT an indication that you are weak. It also cleared stigmas that were around mental health.
Our last session that we had was about GBV with Anelile Dlamini – Gibixego which is a very important topic considering what is happening in our country, over 25 women and kids have been murdered in June alone.
It taught us even about the different scenarios that one can encounter in their lives and what one should do. Having lost a close friend through GBV last year this session taught me the warning signs to look out for and also how to help a person who has been violated. It taught me that as women in South Africa it’s crucial that we support each other.