The Shining Star Project had a very successful 2016, thanks to your support. Through their peer educator programme, 2447 female sex workers in Bulawayo were supported in taking control of their sexual health, helping prevent HIV transmission and increase access to treatment and counselling.
The project also equipped girls and women with valuable business and income-generating skills and tools to exit sex work, should they choose to do so. As a result 44 ladies left sex work completely and 12 girls, who had dropped out of school as they couldn’t pay the fees, returned to their studies.
Throughout the project’s engagement with the women and girls, regular meetings are held which begin with a prayer and Bible devotion. Small groups are inspired to encourage and pray for one another, and the discipleship programme culminates in a weekend retreat. Participants are then encouraged to form supportive networks that survive beyond these two days.
Recently, the ladies formed a WhatsApp group of 167 women: using this simple but effective app, the women share Bible scriptures, keep each other accountable and informed, and pray for one another. We are pleased to report that over the last year, 15 women and girls gave their lives to Jesus and have become members of a church in their community.
‘I learnt that God can do a lot of things in my life. My life has changed in such a way that l now have more love for my family and everyone else.’ Nhlanhla
‘I learnt that prayer is a weapon. When the team prayed for me things started changing. I am now prospering from the little business that l have.’ Matilda
‘I learnt that l must not look down on myself, keep on trying and make my star shine again.’ Patience