I am from a small village. My family couldn’t afford to pay for my education after buying basic necessities, so I came to Dorcas to learn. I am in year three. My favourite outfit to make is the suit skirts and especially doing embroidery. I direct and sing in the Dorcas choir.
One of my favourite things about the Dorcas centre is the wonderful food. It allows us to sleep well, we are well looked after with toilets, electricity and dormitories.
The Dorcas centre has changed my life. In my first year I went home for holiday and sold some of the things I had made. This meant I could give my family money - which made them proud.
I love learning and wants to take a diploma to be a teacher.
My dream is to teach sewing – I want to help others to learn.
My name is Ramatou. I am 16 years old. I am in Year one at Dorcas.
I speak good french but have no qualifications.
My favourite memory is is when I use to live in Ivory coast, Me and my parents use to go to the beach. But then my Dad died. In 2014 me and my mum moved to Bobo to earn a living. My mum died last year so I started at Dorcas. Dorcas has made my life better. I get great food everyday, have lots of friends and are able to shower.
One day I would like to be an actress but I love to sew too. My favourite thing is singing - I want to help other orphans to be happy and sing.
My name is Zalissa Badimi. I have been teaching at Dorcas for 9 years.
My Dad died when I was 12. My Mum couldn’t afford to send me to secondary school anymore. So instead I studied for three years in a training tailoring day centre in Bobo. I use to get up at 5am and walk for 2 ½ hours there and back. My mum sold peanuts to pay for me to go. I finished my diploma and did a placement for 6 months at a tailors.
Then someone from Dorcas spoke to Elizabeth about me. They decided it would be right for me to be a teacher. The day I received my first pay check to give money to my mum was one of the best days of my life.
I am married to a soldier. I have two children: one son aged 7 and one daughter aged 9. All three of us go on the motorbike and I take them to school then go to work. I love my job. I do it to look after my family. I pay for my Mums rent and food. Her house does not have water or electricity.
Dorcas is great because it protects girls. Often girls are promised to older muslim men to be married. Dorcas can intervene and keep them safe. The girls are being given an education to become economically independent. This means that Dorcas is respected and can go to the police. They have power to stop abuse.
I know how much I suffered when my Dad died and how hard it was to change my life. I want to give girls the chance to make their lives better. To fight poverty.
I want to give back and invest into others.
My name is Diallo. I am 17 years old. I am in year one and live at Dorcas centre.
I am from a village outside Bobo. I have a primary school education. I came here in october for protection because my dad tried to arrange a marriage. I like Dorcas because I feel safe and have friends. My dream is to work so that I can look after my parents and family.
I love Dorcas because I have a uniform, which was made by girls in year three. Orange is my favourite colour. We get a lot of food, a shower and the house in nice to live in. The best day is saturday because after lessons we get free time to wash our clothes and do our hair. My favourite month is August because we can grow things and get corn.
I am looking forward to when I get married and have a family.
My name is Oumou Bamogo. I am 15 years old. I am currently in Year 3. I am a refugee from Ivory Coast. The only family I have is my sister in Bobo. I received a primary school education. But my sister could not afford my secondary school – so I came to the Dorcas centre.
The Dorcas centre has helped me find something that I love, that I am good at.
I love sewing dresses and skirts – making clothing that is very fashionable. I like working with proplin, which is light cotton.
My favourite thing about the Dorcas centre is that there is no quarrelling – that we all get on in the dormitories. We are all friends. Everyone is clean which makes a big difference how we live.
I come from a Muslim family – my best memory is when we went to church. I started singing in the choir and found God. I would like to be baptised before Christmas. My sister is away for Christmas – so I will stay with my friends in the dormitories.
My name is Kobo. I am 15 years old. I am in year 2 at Dorcas.
I live in a village around Bobo in a big family. My parents died, but I have 4 brothers and older sisters. My favourite memory was when I was told I could come to Dorcas to learn and be given a chance.
I am excited to complete the course because I will learn to sew and receive a sewing machine. I really like sewing more than knitting or making bags.
My dream is to be a seamstress. I will go back to my village as somebody will help me there when I leave Dorcas.
My name is Zenabou. I am 17 years old.
I live in a village in Bobo with my mum, my dad, my aunt and her children.
I am in year one at the dorcas centre. I love sewing and learning from the women. Dorcas has changed my life because we are given food we never go hungry. We are all clean.
The best day of my life was when I graduated primary school with my diploma. My dream is to be a doctor. I would love to care for other people.
My name is Blandine. I am 18 years old. I am in year two at Dorcas.
I was born in a village a long way from Bobo. I am orphaned so I have come to live at Dorcas.
At dorcas we learn lots of things. My favourite activity is sewing. I am very proud of my uniform top that I made.
My dream is to open a sewing workshop back in my home village.
My name is Hassamou. I am 18 years old. I am currently in Year 3.
I am from a small village called Pouladé. My mum and sisters are Christian, but my Dad is an animist – he worships Idolatry. My mum chose for me to come and learn to sew.
I love making dresses, skirts, trousers. I want to do more training when I have finished so I can be the best sewer I can be.
My favourite thing about Dorcas has been to learn how to clean and look after the place and myself. It is like a big family. I have learnt how to look after the house and cook, which I enjoy getting food ready.
My dream is to open a dressmaking shop in my home village.