How I didn't let a baby stop me

from achieving my goals

How I didn't let a baby stop me

I am 23 years old and I am from Hammanskraal. I became pregnant when I was 18 years old and the guy who impregnated me denied that he was the father.

I grew up without a father. It is sad to see my child also grow up not knowing the love of his father. I am raising the child alone, it wasn’t easy for me because I thought we would raise the child together. In 2012 I had to drop out of school to take care of my child. I was at home raising my daughter when my friends were at school studying.

When I finally went back to school, I was so old compared to my classmates who were the right age for the grade. Being in class with them was hard. They used to laugh at me and make lots of jokes because I was very old for that grade. I didn’t let that discourage me, I knew what I wanted when I went back to school so I didn’t pay attention to the students. I wanted to be successful in life.I was able to pass matric with flying colours.

I am very proud of myself because I didn’t give up. When life was throwing stones at me, I used that to build my future. Never give up and work hard for your future to be bright.