Matric pupil looking for her Cinderalla dress

HELPING HANDS: Confident Girls founder Temba Tele with his wife Linda at The Rep office on Friday Picture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

Confident Girls, a community-based non-profit organisation from Port Alfred is calling for people to assist a pupil from Luvuyo Lerumo to get a gown for the matric dance.

This follows after the pupil had contacted the organisation via Facebook where she had seen a post about matrics who had received help from the organisation to get ball gowns last year.”

The 18-year-old pupil had to ask for assistance as her parents were farm workers from a disadvantaged background.

“I asked for assistance to get a dress, shoes, a bag, a hairstyle, a manicure and make-up.” The event is set to take place at Victoria Manor on Thursday.”

Confident Girls founder Temba Tele came with his wife to visit the family at Tylden. He said they also went to the school to learn more about the event’s theme and venue from the teachers.

He said: “I founded Confident Girls in 2017. The idea started when I was left to take care of my daughter when my wife went overseas to further her studies. My daughter started her menstrual cycle and I had to act as if I knew everything while assisting her. It was not easy because I had to tap into a completely different world I had never encountered before.

“It suddenly dawned on me that if this stage was a struggle for my daughter who was well off, how much more it was for a girl child who came from a poor background and who could not afford sanitary towels. I then started making a distribution in schools, but while doing so I saw a deeper need. There was a whole lot more that teenage girls needed.

“They needed life skills coaching and assistance in issues they were faced with such as teenage pregnancy, human trafficking and leadership skills. We take them to camps where they are equipped and empowered in these aspects.”

If you are interested in assisting, please contact Tele, for inquiries, on 083 7478260 or 046 624 1762.



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