Girl Child Network Worldwide

Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW) emerged out of multiple personal experiences, collectively representing a proven track record that is acknowledged around the world, making it possible to move seamlessly from the African village to the global village. The Girl Child Empowerment Model (GCEM) was started in Zimbabwe in 1998 in a classroom in a poor high density suburb by Betty Makoni and her students. It has grown from being a discussion during class to global action and is now being replicated in other parts of Africa and all over the world. Abuse of young girls recognizes no borders, cultures, creed or color. It is all around us, representing massive loss of human potential as well as a...
Apr 16, 2014

Girls Products from Sierra Leone exhibited

Girls Clubs to plan project
Girls Clubs to plan project

Girl Child Network Sierra Leone has been very active in the last quarter and their work gives us encouragement to intensify this fundraiser. We raised some US$150 which we used to set up an exhibition to showcase the work of the girls in London. 

In total 32 girls are involved in the cloth weaving project and they make cloths to market and get school fees for their education. They also do the project to stay out of prostitution and forced marriages.In the past quarter they made 28 such woven cloths and they were well received in UK on 13 March when a fundraiser was launched for the girls group where some of the cloths were put on display.

'The project has managed to keep girls out of brothels. Usually when foreigners come during summe holidays girls as young as 10 are seen in brothels and sexual exploitation of girls is a big pain to us all,'said Anita Koroma the Country Coordinator and Founder of Girl Child Network Sierra Leone.

It is clear that if girls keep this income generating project going, there are big chances that some of their cloths will find their way into UK clothing market because on 13 March the exhibition of their poducts attracted close to a hundred people for the first time. 

Girl Child Network Sierra Leone is a project where the founder has invested her volunteer time and all she asks for at this stage are donors and partners who would like to support the project to grow so that it benefits mre girls. Girls clubs now have a membership of over 2000 girls and at least daily they have 3 cases of girls needing urgent services like counseling and medical care as well as support with education.

Our team at GCNW appeals for mre support for Girl Child Network Sierra Leone because of good leadership and excellent results out of the economic projects. Poverty remains the root cause of problems face and tackling poverty through money that comes from the girls hands and creativity is one way to bringing lasting solution.

We appeal for our donors to find us more donors and please share with us some ideas that would help the project reach its target. We are so far encouraged with this great effort and we are very positive that more support will come. Thank you all for donating to this project. There is a petition that has been revived to urgent government of Sierra Leone to protect girls. Please help spread the word out there.

Anita Koroma Founder of Weaving Project
Anita Koroma Founder of Weaving Project
UK in support of GCN Sierra Leone
UK in support of GCN Sierra Leone

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Apr 16, 2014

Girl Child Network Uganda -A Success Story

Women as role models-we are all leaders pogram
Women as role models-we are all leaders pogram

We draw to the attention of  the world and potential donors to  a grassroots community based organisation supporting girls leadership and empowerment which is based in Uganda-Girl Child Network Uganda. This is a success story where a Changemaker called Memory Bandera has dedicated her life, time and skills to ensuring that the lives of girls are transformed. 

We made a grant to Girl Child Network Uganda  from all donations you made here of US$ 450 dollars so that it supports their own going efforts to support girls self help projects. From their annual report and audit which has been shared with us and many donors we are pleased to say that over 200 girls benefitted from vocational training and are on their way to starting their economic projects which are critical especially for girls who escape war and violence from the North.

One project that the organisation desired to launch and to which this grant has added to in terms of support is the women as role models program where women leaders are brought to girls to inspire them and adopt girls to mentor and coach as well as pay for school fees. This project seeks to bring local leaders to tackling some issues that girls face and raise awareness directly on the plight f girls. There are girls already benefitting from this project and we appeal for more women role models from round the globe to give support to this first ever project to girls.

The following account posted by GCN Uganda shows with what impact this project has on over 500 girls.

Their words of wisdom inspired many of us in attendance, especially the girls from Acholi Quarters (Kireka, Kampala) and Wells of Hope Ministries (Wakiso) who had made the trip into town for the day. The crowd was laughed and clapped for these young Empowerment Club members as they told their stories on the microphone. One young woman from the Acholi Quarters Achiever’s Club told the story of how participating in GCN’s Opportunity Program enabled her to begin a small business and earn money to save – and shared her goal of purchasing her very own car! A second touching story was shared by a primary school member of the Wells of Hope Shining Stars Club. She informed the group that, because she was reassured of her own value by participating in GCN and Wells of Hope activities, she was confident to become a doctor and treat the sick and poor across Uganda. Her speech received a loud applause from the entire audience!

We have observed donations coming to this project  and we are so confident that the more support like this for  girls we  get the more this project grows. This  is a cost effective way of protecting girls at a much early age in Africa. This to us is a best practice that offers quick solutions to protect girls to harmful cultural practices.Please you are all invited to keep support to a life changing project.

Girls get certificates after vocational training
Girls get certificates after vocational training

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Jan 14, 2014

Girls Child Networks in Africa

Girls clubs in Zimbabwe
Girls clubs in Zimbabwe

In 2013 this project focussed mainly on building girls empowerment clubs so that we support leadership of girls and prevent any form of abuse happening to them. By the end of the year some girls Girl Child Network Worldwide supported with school fees wrote and thanked GCNW CEO as follows,

Thank you Betty for making me realise my potential. I was hopeless when we met  but look at me now. Just  graduated with my first degree. God bless you Muzvare

Our organisation, Girl Child Network Worldwide extends this message from a young woman who was supported by your donations. She is a girl from rural areas who now graduated with a science degree and she is about to start her career. Added to her there are three more girls at University level and doing Advanced levels who wrote their exams and they are equally grateful.

Girl Child Network Worldwide coordinated the training, mentoring and rescue operations of girls at risk especially of rape in Zimbabwe ensuring there is an emergency team that could assist the girls whose communities are increasingly breaking silence using social media. There were excellent networks of girls that came out with excellent projects. Girl Child Network  Sierra Leone received support to set up an information centre for girls and it was successful. They were also very successful in setting up girls income generating projects as well as a counseling centre which is helping many girls. Girl Child Network Uganda were supported to launch a Women As Role Models program to mobilise support for girls education. The program was successfully launched in Kampala on 4 December 2013. We are encouraged with great work to set up girls clubs by GCN Uganda. We have reports that over 2000 girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda were part of the girls empowerment clubs.

Moving forward we are very encouraged by the results and reports of this project. It was our very first project on Global Giving to set up a network of girls clubs across Africa and mobilise their support. Identifying leadership amongst girls and grooming young leaders for peer to peer support was greatly achieved. 

We are now taking this project forward in 2014. Based on reports and feedback of each country we supported we have asked each country to give us its priority needs for girls and for each girls network we have formulated a project proposal to post on global giving so that some of you our donors and supporters could fund a specific project you want.

We are also appealing for more volunteers to help us with the new projects where we target to fundraise less than $20 000 for the next year. We are also looking for in kind donations like travel miles so that we can travel to the projects we support and impart more skills and empowerment and leadership training. 

On behalf of Girl Child Network Worldwide can we thank all of you for making our dream to replicate our model come true. Yes we have three girls networks in Africa and they are helping girls and emsuring prevention of abuse as well as mitigating where abuse has happened. Join us in 2014 as we help one girl at a time.

Sister Itayi leading support for girls in Zimbabwe
Sister Itayi leading support for girls in Zimbabwe
Girl Child Network Sierra Leone on projects
Girl Child Network Sierra Leone on projects
Girls in Uganda protest against abuse
Girls in Uganda protest against abuse

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