Happy International Women’s Day! Today I’ve been reflecting on how important it is for us women to band together by uplifting one another, inspiring one another and empowering one another. To celebrate IWD, I wanted to share with you the story of a very special young woman I met a few weeks ago in Uganda. 💕
This young woman’s name is Pamela. Pamela is 15 years old, loves to play soccer, and aspires to become a banker. A year ago, I saw a photo of Pamela on the @watotoaustralia
website and decided that I would sponsor her. 12 months later, I had the absolute privilege of meeting Pamela in person (you can watch the video in the Uganda highlights on my profile).
Life has not been easy for Pamela. She lost her parents when she was very young. Thankfully, Watoto was able to step in, after a referral from local authorities, and she became part of the Watoto family. She now lives in a home with 7 siblings and a house mother, who have become a loving family to her. She is provided with food, shelter, healthcare and an education, as well as the opportunity to pursue higher studies so she can one day fulfil her dream of becoming a banker.
As I sat at lunch with Pamela and her family in her home, listening to her talking about her passions and plans for the future with hope glimmering in her eyes, my own eyes welled up with tears of joy. I am so thankful that organizations such as @watotoaustralia
exist, organizations that lift up and empower young women like Pamela to become leaders in their communities. Her situation may have once seemed hopeless, but she now has hope for a bright, bright future.
So today, I want to put out a challenge to myself & to everyone out there - what more can we be doing to empower and help the vulnerable women in the world? If we want to see more women like Pamela being able to rise up and fulfil their potential, we need to be the ones to take action. 🙏🏼 #internationalwomensday #pressforprogress