On 9 September 2013, we received US$815.55 donation for our project. We had a request from the newly set up Girl Child Network Sierra Leone for a girls conference to use 11 October which is UN Day of the girl child to advocate for girls education and bring girls from various girls clubs as a unified force for change. It is because of the generous support from our donors that this program was a success. We mananged to make a small grant to Girl Child Network Sierra Leone as well as many leaders who work in partnership with them to raise awareness and mobilise support at community level. This project now wholly run at local level by Girl Child Network Sierra Leone is a big success because it managed to mobilise girls as well as establish an information centre for them. Moving to the next stage we are working to do specific fundraising for girls empowerment clubs leadership training for girls. What we begin to see clearly is that once girls have leadership skills and they develop an inner consciousness of what social issues affect them and ways to deal with them, this goes a long way in grooming leaders unlike before where girls are silent victims of society. The images we see of girls now differ from those before where girls stories came out to be heard only when they are victims and not leaders. True to the goal of this project girls are overcoming abuse and they are achieving their potential.
In the month of October our focus was on refurbishing Chihota Girls Empowerment Village in Zimbabwe so that we could accomodate more sexually girls in need of shelter. We report this was accomplished and daily the village can accomodate at least 20 girls. Recently, we also got a church to donate funds for drilling a borehole so that the girls get clean water and they do their gardening in order to get fresh vegetables for their health. So far at least 17 girls have been provided with food, shelter and escort to court so that they get justice.
Another significant achievement of our project is the way even with minimum resources we staged a global campaign and advocacy on UN Day of the girl child starting with a solidarity network of African girls in UK who wrote messages of inspiration to girls in Africa. We had more girls coming forward to volunteer in our leadership program and to date we have done our empowerment and leadership training with over 300 girls who are now great inspiration in their countries of origin. Such is the way we want our girls leadership and empowerment program to spread across Africa and building networks with them and supporting such activities that they grow an awareness to prevent and protect abuse on themelves.
We take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a great holiday. You made this work great no matter how much you donated. You kept our work going and you supported us to pass the skills to all girls we work with. Next year we hope to have the projects specific for each country and join us if you want to be an Ambassodor for each country project we support. So far we have projects in Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Uganda and South Africa. We have requests for such passionate projects from many across the world but due to limited capacity we will focus on the four countries as well as streghten UK where we are based as a coordinating centre. Step by step and with every donation you give us we maximise results and we donate our time to ensuring we deliver. Have a great festive season and please do come and be part of our new projects to empower girls so that we protect and prevent. It is easier and chealer to prevent than to cure-prevention is better than cure.
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