I don’t like my work – and sometimes I regret coming – but I can’t go back empty handed. Carrying loads is not easy. Your body aches all the time. People insult you. Some people are kind, but most people do not respect us. I wish the public would understand that it is not our choice to do this work or live like this. There are reasons why we are working, and we deserve respect and dignity when they see us.
We need help to achieve our dreams. The happiest day of my life will be when I start learning to become a hairdresser. But I don’t know when that will happen. We would not have to carry loads if someone supported us to learn jobs that would secure our future. We know that life would still be difficult at home and situation would not change overnight. But at least we would have the hope that, once our training is over, we could start working in more respectable, safer, and less difficult jobs.
At the moment there is very little hope. We are not earning enough to both support our family back home and pay to learn a trade. I fell ill two weeks ago and we spent all we had on medication and hospital bills. So, if the government doesn’t want us to work in these sorts of jobs, it should open training facilities and apprenticeships for those of us who want to learn a trade. If such opportunities existed we would not have to work as we do now. We would get trained, and by the time we were 18 we would be our own masters and provide opportunities for other girls or boys who are in the situation that we are in today.
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