Ayah’s story brings hope

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Author, Amanda Dambuza Photo: Lihlumelo Toyana

A book reading of A brave girl named Ayah, inspired by the life story of its author, Amanda Dambuza, was recently hosted in Bloemfontein for township school kids with the aim of educating and bringing hope at the same time.

The author wants to enable real conversation at home and school to reinforce messages already being taught around the protection of children. It is also about understanding that domestic violence is not acceptable and children deserve to be loved and protected.

According to Dambuza, she created the character of an amazing little girl who is extremely brave. Her aim was really to inspire hope and to convey to young readers that you can rise above any circumstances, no matter where you come from.

“It is also to give caregivers an opportunity to own the narrative around many of the realities some of our children face, and to say to them that this is an opportunity to have a conversation that you probably didn’t know could be possible. This is the ideal opportunity to start unlocking those real conversations and letting children know what to do when they are not feeling safe,” said Dambuza.

The book reading took place in the city on 16 October 2020. A number of stakeholders joined hands to create a fun filled and educational day for the children. Dambuza hopes that every school across the country will one day add her book to its curriculum and will have every little child know they are the heroes and heroines of their own stories.

PIERCE VAN HEERDEN
pierce@mahareng.co.za