Always try hard to believe in yourself until you see success, regardless of how many times you have failed. Always remember that failure is better than fear. –Mwape
I began the year so hopeful, expectant, and somewhat desirous of a year completely different from the last. With time, it became clear that not much was going to change – the pandemic was still here, the restrictions and safety precautions still imperative, and many of our plans still on hold. I couldn’t imagine another year without high fives, hugs, visits to the communities we work with, and gathering together. But instead of despairing, we began to imagine what we’d like all those things to look like when we finally got to do them. We’ve spent the better part of the year reviewing all our systems and processes and strengthening them to better support our work. It’s been such a joy to be part of this process and I am so excited to see what we’ve co-created come to life. I am more hopeful and expectant than I was at the beginning of the year and not because the pandemic is over but because we have made the most out of this new normal! –Trizah, Operations & Development Director
One of the many moments I felt cared for at Freely In Hope was when COVID-19 started. The organization provided us with tokens to buy food, which was a huge help due to the rising cost of living. Even though the organization allowed me to continue working through the pandemic, they also gave me time to rest when I felt emotionally low due to the anxiety and panic that came with COVID. –Pauline, Social Worker
Not only have I now grown into confidence, but I have been given an opportunity to fulfill my dream. I have been privileged to create a new program within the organization called the Literacy Program which is yet to be implemented this year. –Selita
I dreamt of one day starting a program for underprivileged children, but I never thought that it would come so soon. In my mind, I thought, “I will only achieve this dream after I attain a huge sum of funds and grow my confidence to a certain level.” But I was wrong. Since I started working with Freely In Hope, I found a supportive community that believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself. I remember during my interviews at FIH, I was so scared and nervous that I failed to speak a word–not because they didn’t make me comfortable but because I was lacking confidence. Despite all of that, they still saw the potential in me and supported me throughout. Not only have I now grown into confidence, but I have been given an opportunity to fulfill my dream. I have been privileged to create a new program within the organization called the Literacy Program which is yet to be implemented this year. This program will support the young women at Super Girls Revolution who are struggling with literacy and will connect those who are not in school to partnering institutions and organizations. I am so happy that lives will be impacted by the literacy program. Thank you Freely In Hope. –Selita, Social Worker
I was born and raised in the Sinai slum, where I faced many challenges that led me to prostitution. While I was working, I met Pauline from Freely In Hope who introduced me and 16 other women to the Malkia program. Through training within the program, I was able to pursue my dream career in catering, enabling me to leave prostitution.
My mission is to reduce the percentage of women working in prostitution within my own community and other communities at large. –Sarafina, Peer Educator
To see others thrive and conquer challenges gave me hope. –Maryann
During the Leadership Lab, each of us leaders shared our goals and hopes for 2021. I was inspired and motivated by each person’s goals because we decided that we will achieve them by the end of the year, in spite of COVID-19. To see others thrive and conquer challenges gave me hope. Some leaders come from broken homes where they don’t feel loved, or have a family that does not care about their education. Regardless, they still have the zeal to compete to attend university and bring the crown home. –Maryann, FIH Fellow
Always try hard to believe in yourself until you see success, regardless of how many times you have failed. Always remember that failure is better than fear.
I am a school dropout who has struggled to make ends meet. I found employment in many places. For some, I was rejected, and for others, I worked but quit due to certain circumstances. When FIH came into my life, I decided that it is best I work towards that which am passionate about. I started as a volunteer and worked diligently because I knew that there were dreams I had to fulfill within myself and within the community. It has been an overwhelming journey, but it has not only helped me but many others. My prayer is that even as time goes on, I will still be celebrated for my work and dream fulfillment. –Mwape, Project Coordinator