RESTLESS DEVELOPMENT IS THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHARITY WITH A DIFFERENCE. WE EMPOWER YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEAD THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES AND COUNTRIES.
Young people like Jennifer and Pendeza in Tanzania, who demonstrate the power of young people to tackle the pervasive problems that exist in our world today – but they can’t do it without you, so please support by donating here.
Pendeza represents thousands of young girls whose poverty and low status commits them to the statistics that define them. When her mother got sick, 10-year-old Pendeza and her younger brother moved closer to the hospital, leaving their family home and school behind. Just a year later, when her mother tragically died, Pendeza moved again to live with her grandmother in Dar es Salaam. With extra mouths to feed, there was no money for school fees.
Despite Pendeza’s desperate pleas to return to school, her future looked set in stone. She’d work the streets selling snacks, earning a pitiful living until teenage pregnancy or worse committed her to life-long drudgery and poverty. All because her grandmother couldn’t afford the £92 it would cost to send Pendeza to school for an entire year.
Then she met Jennifer, a local volunteer for Restless Development’s ‘Girls let’s be leaders’ project, bringing together girls between the ages 10-19 – educating them about the risks they face, helping them to make the right choices about their future and teaching them vital skills.
Jennifer shared Pendeza’s story with the headmaster of Mbagala Rangitatu Primary School, took her to the interview – which she passed with flying colours and found a way to pay the costs of Pendeza’s re-entry to school.
The courage and conviction they demonstrated is everything Restless Development stands for. But other young people need you to stand by them with a donation today.
Now Pendeza is shaping her own future, defying the statistics she was so close to becoming, setting her own goals and ambitions. And Jennifer is ‘aunt Jennifer’ – a role model not just for Pendeza, but for the hundreds of girls she works with day in, day out as part of our volunteer team.
"I was so happy when I went back to school because one of the things I love is studying. When I complete my studies to the university level I would love to become a teacher."
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