"My relationship with my father was typical for this region. I did not bond with him, was always hesitant around him and had a fear of speaking to him. I longed for his attention but I did not know what to say to him. After taking part in DOSTI modules, I was ready to build dialogue with him so I poured out my heart and told him of all my achievements at school. I found out how much I enjoy speaking to Aba and we now have an amazing father-daughter bond.
I had no idea my dad was so funny, I didn’t know him even though I lived with him. He enjoys life so much, it makes me want to live life like he does. I realised how much happier I am now that my Aba and I share everything together, we laugh together so much.
For decades, females have been invisible to the men in my family. Finally my father considers our opinions, and my sisters have also started to talk to him more. It has caused a ripple effect in the entire family and I hope it stays that way.
DOSTI helped me come out of my shell and have confidence in myself. I want to become a doctor or open up a salon. My papa is very supportive of whatever I want to do, and that’s such a relief, I feel so lucky." Mahi Meera
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