HURUNGWE- Hurungwe born fifty-four-year-old Doctor Tererai Trent is among ten women set to be honoured by New York City in United States of America with a life-size statue that will be erected on 26 August.
“I am incredibly honoured to be standing among the World’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Women ‘Sculpted for Equal Rights’! Come August 26 and celebrate the empowerment of women and big dreams,” Trent posted on her twitter account.
A scholar, author and a humanitarian, Trent’s accomplishment as one of the fighters for women and girl child empowerment has put Hurungwe and Zimbabwe on an international map on education and gender equality.
Her dream from remote rural Matau near Chivakanenyama and Zvipan villages is now a reality for every progressive Zimbabwean and the world at large.
Born and bred under rural communal set up, Trent defied the odds.
After she failed to attend school as a girl, Tererai taught herself to read from her brother’s books before independence.
Like several girls, she was raised in a poverty-stricken family where females had no chance for education in rural Zimbabwe.
In 1998 when she relocated to the US following a visit by an American non-profit organisation.
Married off at a young age, she had a dream to pursue education and it has been a torch bearer for communities in Hurungwe.
Her life story is a sweet tale after she earned three degrees and a Ph.D.
While in America, she made footprints by getting funds to build her rural school- Matau High.
This year, she celebrated a power triple play as early as February when former student Sarah Makoni, scored highest points at Advanced Level.
Anesu Munengwa, Country Director, Tererai Trent International Foundation said the organisation mission is to provide universal access to quality education.“We are proud that whenever she is around, she is down to earth besides have American citizenship. She has made us all proud as Hurungwe and Zimbabwe at large,” said one villager.