Doris was one of the first girls to join the Street 2 School netball team in 2019. For years we had had boys football teams but we never had enough girls to start a girls teams. After running a netball coaching course for teachers in schools, we saw more and more girls taking an interest in playing sports and started the after school netball club so they would have the same opportunity to play sports as the boys. What started out as 7 girls, quickly turned into 20, then 30 and now 60 girls training every day, challenging gender norms and tackling societal inequalities through sports. Doris lives with her siblings and her mum who sells charcoal for a living. Doris was struggling at school and often came to training hungry and tired. During our community outreach we visited Doris’ home to find out more about her situation and discovered her family was struggling. Doris was such a vital member of our team that we wanted to do what we could to help her and her family.
Whilst Doris was attending a government school, she often missed days at a time if she didn’t have enough money for food or her books. We enrolled her at Future Leaders school where we could give her a scholarship to make sure her bus to school, uniform, books, education and lunch every day was completely free so she wouldn’t have to miss out on any school or go hungry. We provided her and her siblings with mattresses to sleep on so they no longer had to sleep on the concrete floor, ensuring better rest for school each day.
We also enrolled her in fashion school (now she attend the Akwaaba Vocational Centre) where she is learning to sew and design her own clothes, school uniforms etc so during the school holidays she can also earn some money to support herself and learn valuable skills about starting her own business. Doris is now in year 9 and will be taking her GCSE’s at the end of the academic year. She is a school prefect, attends training every day and is a great role model for younger girls too.
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