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Meet Donna!

Amakon Women Empowerment Inc., (AWE) is focused on promoting women’s success by providing disadvantaged and racialized women and girls access to success enhancing tools.  We provide computer access to girls in High School (including Teen Moms & girls in Youth Shelters) with no access to computers at home for their school work. This fosters their ability to perform school assignments, thus enhancing their chances of staying in school and achieving academic success. Free computer skills training for underprivileged women (includes women exiting Shelters, female new Canadians, and previous stay at home Moms who want to return to work after their kids are grown) who need to enhance their computer skills to augment their chances of gaining employment.

Donna is currently attending Sask Poly Tech and is taking early childhood education. She first encountered Amakon Women Empowerment Inc (AWE) when she was part of the Street Culture Youth Program for at-risk youths in Regina.

AWE provides computer access to disadvantaged high school girls (at-risk, Teen Moms & girls in Youth Shelters) with no access to computers for their school work. This fosters their ability to perform school assignments, thus enhancing their chances of staying in school, achieving academic success and graduating from high school.
Donna was struggling a lot in school with reading and writing and found herself the target of bullies. She was made to take modified classes, classes usually reserved for students who were new to Canada and did not yet speak or understand English well. She was unaware that her problems were due to a disability that could be remedied. People assumed that she was not smart, so nobody tried to help her discover what the problem was. She began to accept the stereotypes placed on her, and it robbed her of  self-confidence. She struggled emotionally. Finally, Donna was diagnosed with a learning disability. She was also informed that there was an App which could help her. However, with just one computer for all the residents at Street Culture Youth Program, it was not possible for Donna to download and use the App.

Then AWE donated computers and laptops to the centre, and one of those laptops was assigned to Donna. She downloaded the App and started using it. The difference it made for her was remarkable. With the App, she could read and understand her course work. Her grades started to improve and her self-confidence soared. She took appropriate classes and graduated from high school. That enabled her to pursue her dream of becoming an early childhood educator so that no child who can be helped would have to suffer the indignities that she endured. Changing lives and enriching the world through women empowerment is what AWE does. This is an amazing example of one.
*Name has been changed for privacy matters.

A view of the free computer class

I like knowing about what my kids are learning in school so I can help them. With my not being able to understand English, I cannot help them. With this course I am understanding a little and I can read with them. (BK, this narrative was edited to make it understandable as BK is just learning English)