Danai is currently studying for a degree in Peace and Governance at Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe. In the future she hopes to attain a first-class degree because it will enable her to become a policy analyst for an international non-government organisation. This is her story.
In 2015, Danai had to drop out of school due to health issues and because her parents were unable to support her financially. In 2016, a community volunteer approached her mother and told her about the non-formal education programme run by Chiedza, and she agreed that her daughter could enrol on it so that she could return to the education system again.
Thanks to Chiedza, Danai’s school fees were paid and this gave her access to computers for her coursework. She was also helped with hygiene products, clothes, stationery and even food. In 2017, she sat her ‘O’ level exams and passed in six subjects. This enabled her to progress to higher level courses and with the continued support of Chiedza, she sat her ‘A’ level exams in Mbare in 2019 and was successful. Danai also benefited from Chiedza’s special ‘English Access Micro-Scholarship Programme’ where she attended classes in ‘life skills’. The motivational speakers that came to Chiedza inspired her to think about a more positive future and today Danai concludes that “the Chiedza Child Care Centre transformed my life from being very hard to something special.”