Meet GSGC’s Auntie Procedure
Auntie Procedure Mhlanga, called Auntie Pro by her girls, is a confident young lady with a heart full of love for her community. She also has a deep dedication to girls’ issues. Procedure herself was once an active participant in GSGC workshops – the very ones that you helped fund through Rose of Charity’s Believe Club.
After her high school graduation in 2013, Procedure decided to share her experience with other girls. Quietly, with her own resources, she launched a club in a township school in Victoria Falls. It’s called the Girls’ Time Club, because Auntie Pro believes it is time for girls to rise up and show the world the difference they can make.
GSGC took note of Procedure’s passion for her successful club, and this year we are proud to support her as a partner. Now leading TWO clubs, Auntie Pro exhibits what one person can do, especially when folks like you and I step in to offer a hand.
We recently had some questions for Procedure:
Why do you do what you do?
It is because of several factors, and one of them is my mother. Growing up, I saw how difficult life was for her as she tried her best to put food on the table. She was an uneducated single mother, with three children to look after and no sustainable means of income. I saw the value of education, and vowed to myself to complete my education and do my best to empower other girls out there to do the same.
Secondly, I saw how much physical abuse women around me had to go through and put up with. They couldn’t leave their man because they weren’t educated enough to be employable. All this makes me continue to do the work I do; it keeps me going every day.
What three words best describe who you are?
Patient, compassionate and generous.
Where do you see yourself two years from now?
My wish is to expand my educational qualifications. Now that I’m working with girls and going deep into what it means to be a counselor, I want to hold a degree in counseling. My other wish is to be able to have my own space outside of the school premises, where girls can come and receive free expert advice without fear of who’s watching.
What are you plans for the girls in 2017?
My programming for this year will help them to become strong and confident girls. I have career guidance talks and tours lined up for them. I also have scheduled motivational talks that will help them to understand how they can change their passions into careers, and how they can become people who make a positive impact in their communities.
What do you do for fun?
I like to listen to music, and I sing a lot – in the shower, at church and everywhere else! I just love singing! I also like reading novels.
If you were granted the power to change one thing in the world what would it be?
(She pauses for a long while … then giggles a little.) Mensies! That’s what I would change. I would stop girls from going through the pain and shame that is associated with them. That’s what I would do. (Smiles)