“What if we can provide 100 first chances? You will change the future of an entire community.”
When creating this programme we embraced the fact that this is a passion project more than anything. Time for us to give back and pay it forward. Time to inspire and connect women no matter where they are from and time to celebrate similarities as well as differences.
Adding a community service project was a must. How? We didn't know until it was the last piece of the puzzle. We believe education is the gateway to true change and impact. By educating some of the most vulnerable in a community, the future of that community will inevitably change. We take women to South Africa to reconnect to themselves and nature. To get inspired, educated and become an inspiration to others.
TheLadies in Leadership Scholarship Programmeensures that for each group that we bring to South Africa, 1 female candidate from the local community can enroll in the first year of university/ vocational education. Despite changes in the law in South Africa, guaranteeing every citizen's right to an education, women still struggle to get into high school. Especially those from marginalized communities. The difficulties particularly black women face in getting a higher education include poverty, racism, geographical position and culture. By giving one woman that first chance, we can truly change her life, empower her, increase her confidence and allow her to make a positive impact on her community. It gives her FREEDOM.
Annelies asked our contact in South Africa; "What if we can give 100 first chances?", to which he answered "You will change the future of an entire community".