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When cholera spread across Zambia, killing dozens of people, Daliso volunteered her time as a nurse at her local hospital to fill the shortage of medical staff who had been deployed to emergency centres to fight the epidemic.

Bright, knowledgeable and eager to help, the 20-year-old stepped in to fill the gaps in various wards, from general surgery to neurology to ER.

“The country’s health institutions were in need of more health personnel following the outbreak of cholera, and I was motivated to volunteer,” Daliso says.

Despite the chaos in the hospitals, Daliso was in her element. She had wanted to become a nurse and be able to help and care for people in need all her life.

Her parents died when she was five years old and she was raised by her grandfather on a meagre income. It was unlikely she would finish high school, let alone be able to pursue higher education.

However, with ChildFund Zambia’s support Daliso finished her secondary studies and received a scholarship that helped her realise a better future.

“It was the happiest day of my life when I learnt I could study nursing,” Daliso says.

“It was a dream come true.”

The United Nations estimates that of the 600 million adolescent girls that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector where low pay, abuse and exploitation are common.

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My name is Olive Oa.

I’m the Health Programs Team Leader at ChildFund PNG.

My role involves managing projects, which includes assisting, planning, co-ordinating and reporting on projects. I also undergo budget management and supervise monitoring and evaluation activities to compile an evidence base to demonstrate the performance and results of projects.

I work closely with the project teams, particularly on the delivery and progress of the capacity building activities. My role also enables me to play a part in project designs, planning, trainings, coaching formative assessment of progress and follow up. I represent ChildFund at meetings and clusters that are relevant to the program and projects at the national level.

I’ve been at ChildFund since 2013.

My most inspiring moment at ChildFund was seeing how the health program grew under my initiatives. It grew from 12 villages to the whole Rigo district, then moved into Kairuku District and Central Province.

The things I love most about my job are participating in developing and designing projects.