Community Grants Recipient Helps Young Girls Make Healthy Choices

Community Grants Coordinator Natacha Collymore, uMkhumbane Secondary School pupils, Consul General Frances Chisholm, and Londeka Xhoba of Hope2Educate

To mark the UN International Day of the Girl in October, Consul General Frances Chisholm visited female students at uMkhumbane Secondary School in Chesterville.

More than fifty girls are part of a peer educator program supported by U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Community Grants recipient Hope2Educate.

This organization works to reduce the number of young teens engaged in sexual activity, the high incidence of HIV among teenagers, early pregnancies, and lack of knowledge about sexual reproductive health.  Hope2Educate also works closely with the schools where they implement their programs and provides teachers with support through counseling and guidance.

The Consul General encouraged female learners in the peer educator program to continue giving positive messages to their peers and being role models to other young people.