The 2020 International Women's Day came early for MTC Educate A Girl Inc founder and president Maka Chikowero in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday 29th of February. Maka's non profit which was recently designated as one of the WI Women Soccer Advisory Council philanthropic partners, was invited to exhibit at the 2020 Wisconsin Women in Soccer Advisory Council-led Symposium at the Downtown Kitchen complex alongside established sports-related entities from the region.
Maka herself was given a slot to make her pitch, so to speak. She gladly took the opportunity to speak about her organization's mission of reaching out and assisting orphaned girls in rural Zimbabwe with educational scholarships, sourcing and providing soccer equipment for girls and young women in the same rural settings, the impact of her organization in its short life, among other key issues.
Maka also made a plea for financial support to ship 15 large boxes(approximately 3 containers) of soccer equipment to benefit three different girls and women's soccer teams in rural and peri urban Zimbabwe. Speaking from the heart to over 350 attendees, Maka shared touching and heartwarming stories of some of the beneficiaries of her educational and soccer programs who are inspired by Maka's commitment to girls education, entrepreneurship, participation in sport and leadership. "I insist that the future is female, the future is young and the future is bright," Maka ended her remarks to a resounding ovation.
At her organization's booth in the exhibition hall, Maka interacted more personally with visitors who included some of her soccer coaches from Madison West High School and her new friends from the Milwaukee area who coordinated the sourcing and collection of soccer equipment that will be shipped to Zimbabwe.
"For me, the highlight of this Symposium was shaking hands with Jill Ellis, the legendary World Cup winning US Women's National Soccer Team coach, introducing myself to her and even getting her to sign a US women's soccer shirt," says Maka.
Watch Maka speech in the video here: https://youtu.be/hyF_PqpUaAw