Help Vulnerable Women Become Leading Change Agents

Jun 18, 2008

MEG Foundation School

We are delighted to share the first project to be launched as part of our 2008 Rwanda Social Project Portfolio. Before year end we anticipate 19 to 24 more social issue organizations will be ready for implementation.


THE PROBLEM: A team of 45 men and women have identified women’s involvement in sex work, and in turn exposure to and lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS as one of the greatest problems facing their community. In Kinamba, Kigali, many women and girls have been left widowed or orphaned from the genocide and have felt forced into prostitution with little to no education and skills to secure other jobs. One team-member states, “After talking to the women, we have helped them to decide to leave prostitution and change their lives, but they need skills training in order to be able to earn a living without prostitution.”

THE SOLUTION: To help vulnerable women earn a sustainable living without exposing themselves to HIV/AIDS through prostitution, the MEG Foundation School plans to offer training in tailoring, workshops on HIV/AIDS prevention and reproductive health as well as literacy and English classes.

THE IMPACT: In year one, the MEG Foundation School will provide 60 prostitutes a sustainable and healthy alternative for themselves and their families.

Please make a donation today in support of our 2008 Rwanda Social Project Portfolio and Conscious Social Change Program.

  • Dennis
    Dennis I like the description of the problem and the proposed solution. Please keep us updated on the real impact going forward. I am sure things will not go entirely as planned, so please share lessons learned as well. Thank you for this work!
    • 6 years ago
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  • Pamela
    Pamela I feel fortunate to have been educated about the terrible things women have to face in Africa! Global Grassroots seems to be committed to finding a peaceful, but lasting solution to the many terriblie and humiliating things women have had to endure through the ages in Africa (as well as other countries). How fortunate as... Read more »
    • 6 years ago
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Gretchen Wallace

President and Founder
Hanover, New Hampshire United States

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