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14-year-old mother appeals for help

Jubilee Mahlamvana

03 April 2017, MBERENGWA – The 14 – year old Mberengwa girl who made headlines in various newspapers last year after successfully giving birth while writing her Grade Seven examinations is appealing for financial help for her to go to secondary school.
The girl is a victim of sexual abuse which she suffered at the hands of her cousin brother who is said to be a minor too.  Her poor parents are struggling to help her raise the child and are in no position to find the money to let her continue with her education.
Speaking to TellZim News, the minor’s mother said her daughter obtained 23 Units in her Grade Seven examinations but given the hardships they are facing as a family, they do not have enough money for the wellbeing of the baby, let alone for school fees.
“We do not have money to pay for her school fees and buy supplementary milk for her child so we suggested she drops out of school and breast-feed the child while we look for money,” her mother said.
The family is pleading with individuals, communities and organisations to come and assist so that the young mother does not end up hopeless as most teenage mothers are.

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