Every year for my birthday, instead of birthday gifts, I usually give girls gifts of sanitary pads. I know sanitary pads are hard to get especially for girls in rural Zimbabwe. This year, I shared this message with the girls at Nhedziwa Secondary School in Chimanimani district of Zimbabwe:
This is Maka Chikowero. Founder of MTC Educate a Girl Inc. Many of you may know my name through Mrs. Magobeya who works with the MTC Sirens soccer club. Today, I chose to write to you for two reasons:
1. I am a high school student just like you and I know you are writing your end of year exams, so I wanted to wish you the best on your exams.
2. As you know, I am a strong advocate for girls' education and sports and there are a lot of things that stand in our way. I know that exams can be stressful and can trigger our menstrual period and it can be a hard time for most of us if we get it and do not have proper stuff to use.
My birthday was November 2nd and I turned 15 so, for me, every year for my birthday, instead of getting birthday gifts, I choose to give girls sanitary pads. I hope you receive this birthday gift from me to you and hope you won't miss your exams. I wish you all success in your exams. I strongly encourage you guys to stay in school beyond this year and hope to link up with you again next year! Enjoy your holidays and best wishes for 2020!
I love you all and keep pushing. You all and me, we are growing up together, and together we will change the world. Girl power!