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Alice Saisha was raised in Luapula Province, Zambia with 10 siblings. She always had big dreams for when she was growing up. However, she almost did not reach them. “I almost dropped out of school because of poverty,” she says. She also almost became a child married to a much older man.
“If CAMFED hadn’t intervened, my story would have been different.”
CAMFED is a pan-African movement that is revolutionizing and supporting girls’ education – that’s exactly what it did for Saisha. Not only did she complete her studies with their support, but she also earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology and her Masters in Development Studies. She is currently seeking her doctorate.
And she didn’t stop there. “All the knowledge I acquired was applied directly in the community where I grew up,” she explains. Saisha is a trainer and facilitator in leadership and business, financial education and psychosocial counseling – and an activist, philanthropist and advocate for women’s rights.
“We speak for the voiceless, create leaders along the way, and amplify the importance of children’s well-being in school and at home.”
Today, Saisha is a CAMFED Ambassador, using her education to benefit her community and ensure that other girls, just like her, find a way out of poverty through education. Her work creates a bridge between young women, children, youth and all the existing opportunities, information and supports they can access. She provides mentoring and financial assistance to those in need. “I find innovative ways to reach other young women or girls through media, calls and one-on-one or group meetings,” she explains. “To share knowledge, use my experience and give space to lend a listening ear whenever necessary.
“I am very passionate to see women advance in all walks of life.”
Without a doubt, she says that the story of her life helps her drive her work, not only because she is the motivation behind what she does, but also because it helps her to get closer to the people. girls she supports. Saisha currently supports 11 orphans and vulnerable children by directly funding their education. It also welcomes two of the children. “[They] come from similar backgrounds, “she says.” They were on the verge of abandonment due to an early marriage. She met them while volunteering in district communities and noticed the reflection of her own experiences. I thought they had a better future. ”
“Watching them transform is priceless, and hearing them dream big is so touching. Their accomplishments speak volumes.”
Courtesy of CAMFED / Eliza Powell
Saisha is one of Tory Burch’s empowered women this year. The donation she receives as a candidate goes to CAMFED – the very organization that has helped her where she is today.
“I want the girls to be heard. It doesn’t matter where in the world they are, what race they were born in or what type of origin they came from, ”says Saisha. “Girls must be supported to escape dangerous environments. They must always have a safe space that allows them to grow and nurture the great visions they possess.”
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