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...
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

Progress Report on Girls Clubs in Zimbabwe And Appeal For More Support

One metre away game-protectin
One metre away game-protectin

There has been some great progress made in stengthening the work of Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe Empowerment clubs. This program is cornerstone of the work of the organisation because much of what takes place in girls clubs impact positively on their lives. Key to what happens in girls empowerment clubs are prevention programs on sexual abuse, leadership and empowerment training that unleashes the potential of girls .

In the last quarter the grant received on this project was disbursed to the girls empowerment club in Nyamandlovu , Matebeleland in Zimbabwe. They wanted to run leadership training for girls and stregthen their capacity as girls to do peer to peer counseling in the likely event they experience abuse. Two trainings were conducted by expert girls coaches and for the first time using a locally designed manual previously tested for effective. Basically this training took their 106 girl child members of the clubs into a process of appreciating gender equality and the many activities the club has done to change mindsets of traditional leadership in the way they treat girls especially those sexually violated and impregnanted. The training created amongst them community girl child rights champions who will be out to protect other girls being abused and especially to detect abuse and report it before it happens. 

'As girls we can stop abuse happening against us if we are equipped by the right skills and we can prevent harmful cultural practices. I am happy the work of our girls clubs is spreading across village and we thank everyone helping us build this netwok here in Matebeleland as there is no counseling service provider for girls. We have just to do it', said Maria aged 16 who is club president. 

The  Club Coodinator of Nyamandholvu girls empowerment club sends her gratitude and said,`Now our girls have a laptop and are connected to the world. Before they think their world is small we will open communication with the rest of the world. We are now connected and feel free to mentor our girls online. Prevention is better than cure.'

In another positive development for Zimbabwe, teh girls empowerment village has managed to refurbish and provide shelter for girls. Due to lack of funding in the past few months , the only place in Zimbabwe to shelter girls from rape, sex trafficking and harmful cultural practices had not been able to take in girls. Volunteers teamed up and the place is a hive of activity.

On behalf of Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe, we appeal to our donors to help us mobilise more support especially to help the new leadership of the organisation who are mostly former  girls who once benefitted from the leadership and empowerment wok of the charity. This project is a life line for a lot of girls in the country. Many girls see it as their home and life because of the essential services it provides. The poject needs more volunteers and more funding to hire professional and qualified staff as well as provide girls with basics. The appeals from girls of Zimbabwe for help with education, counseling and basics to live on points to a serious crisis. We all ask donors to intervene with cash or in kind donations and also anyone who can offer their volunteer time is welcome.

We are hoping to keep in communication has there is so much progress on girls clubs and also rehabilitating girls through girls empowerment village. With your suppot we knw that many lives will be saved.

Girls Empowerment Manual by girls-front cover
Girls Empowerment Manual by girls-front cover
Sister Itayi Marembo and girls leadership
Sister Itayi Marembo and girls leadership
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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