Enza is a non profit organisation which aims to empower underprivileged women and girls to become economically active and self sufficient with their focus group being women and girls who are forced to give up their babies for adoption due to their socio–economic circumstances. This more often-than-not includes young girls who have been raped and have become pregnant but do not wish to have an abortion.
Enza’s key objective is to provide skills and development training for girls and women in the focus group as well as other underprivileged women in the surrounding community.
To realize their vision, Enza bought a house in the Mbekweni area between Paarl and Wellington. This house was renovated and then on the weekend of the 11th and 12th September 2010, with the help of over 90 volunteers (many of whom came from Bridge House School – thanks for your support!), all this work was accomplished:
- All interior and exterior painting was completed
- A brand new kitchen was fitted along with appliances
- New ceramic crockery was displayed
- A vegetable garden was created from scratch
- Trees were planted
- Light fittings were installed
- Material blinds were hung on the windows
- Classrooms were set up with desks and white boards
- Work stations were installed
- Passage cupboards were fitted
- Windows and paving was cleaned with a high pressure water gun
Here is one of the girl’s stories that can be found on their website at:
‘Benita is 14–years–old and is 37 weeks pregnant with her father’s child. She has been abused by him since she was a little girl. Her mum is an alcoholic and has not been there for her. She has never had a proper home and doesn’t really have roots anywhere.
She has only been to school for a limited time. For a while she lived in a home for troubled children. She often acts like a clown in front of others when she feels bad as a means of coping. Benita is far from being the problem child that most people see in her.
She has surprised everyone in the computer classes. She had never seen a computer in her life, but she showed immediate interest to learn. Her homework is always ready on time and Benita has proved to be very intelligent and capable. She practices as often as she can and ended up with a grade of 9.5 in her final exam at the Enza–school. Benita has her first diploma which will hopefully benefit her in a search for a job.
One group of girls is now learning PowerPoint. As part of the programme they are required to do a presentation of a topic to an audience. They talk about life, their dreams and disappointments and show their slides at the same time. These sessions are priceless and there are lots of laughs and tears’