It has always been tradition for adults to champion for the rights of girls. Our girls empowerment project has resulted in many girls clubs coming up with girls who are empowered and with a voice. This has been the positive impact of your donations. It took the last two months for all girls clubs in Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone to put together advocacy programs for United Nations International day of the girl child. Because of your generous donations, girl child advocates managed to mobilise girls from remote parts of the country and bring them to speak out to policy makers and government authorities For a rural girl to have an awareness on laws protecting her and being able to stand up in her village to say No to child marriage is a milestone.
Girls in the high density suburb of Chitungwiza had a great day on UN Day of the Girl Child which they put together through girls empowerment clubs. They got the first lady, Prime Minister`s wife speaking out in her home town and her call to end child marriages was well reserved. Girls Empowerment clubs representatives put together their demands to government. The Director of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe Edinah Masanga reported that their efforts culminated in over 4000 girls breaking silence on forced marriages and other forms of abuse in the last year and an increased number in the last quarter due to increased club activities.
Forty eight girls were rescued from sexual abuse in Zimbabwe in the last quarter. Only 32 girls were successfully rehabilitated whilst the rest still need shelter and support to boarding school. We want to thank everyone who has supported this project. Many of you have contacted us with desire to fundraise to see this project gain more funds for our preventive work with girls in girls clubs. Please feel welcome and our team thanks you so much. After successful celebrations of UN Day of the girl child and advocating for girls, we feel we have made impact and so in 2013 we want to make the day global and invite some girls in remote parts of Africa to come to UK and USA for leadership academy as well as to receive global awards for their hard work leading community based projects. This is how big this project will grow and please come grow with us. We welcome ideas on how best to make this project the best.
Chihota Girls Empowerment Village in Zimbabwe a project of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe is a safe haven to sexually abused who have been made homeless and forced to frop out of school by poverty and violence. Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe trained and gave start up grant to girls and an income generating project through bread making has given a life line to 20 girls who currently live at the village. Girls who live in the nearby villages have been taken into the project too. Economic empowerment of girls and giving them income is what this grant targeted. We moved from just donating to girls to ensuring that they become creative with the donations. The girls make bread daily after school and every morning they take the bread to sell in school. Many orders are coming from schools close to the Girls Empowerment Village.
In addition to the bread making project, girls empowered in clubs launched a campaign against forced marriages and made demands to parents who married off their daughters to rescue them and reinstate them into school. On 16 June on the Day of the African Child, girls held a press conference and issued out a statement demanding the government to stop early child marriages. They protested against a family that married a girl aged 12 in Chivhu village who died at age 13 whilst giving birth.
Recently one girl in the project commented that,`Dai takatanga kare vamwe vedu vasina kusiya chikoro and translated this means if we only had started much earlier quite a number of us girls could have stayed in school.
This is what happens when girls transform into leaders. We invite our supporters to send us views and comments as well as ways we should best support our Girls Empowerment Villages. Daily we are receiving girls in desperate of shelter from rape and your donations go a long way.
Look forward to launch of our exciting projects meant to support Girls Empowerment Villages in Zimbabwe.
Project 8928 - Girl Empowerment Model for 100,000 girls in Africa - $1,081.63
A girl failed to get back to school for almost two years due to lack of school fees. The most touching side of her story is that she had been a leader for her Girls Empowerment Club in rural Chihota in Zimbabwe for over six years. To see her roaming around hern poor village is something that moved Girl Child Network Worldwide to take her for a scholarship. In January 2012 she was registered with Gutu Mission in Masvingo Zimbabwe.
Recently, she finished her first term of school at Gutu Mission High and just started her Advanced level studies. Together with two other orphaned girls GCNW sponsors at same school, we have seen growth and development of poor and marginalised girls in their quest to gain quality education. Schools closed on 7 April and she brought good news that she passed and this is despite the fact that she had been out of school for so long. Sarah Chinhire is a clear testimony why we should break vicious cycle of poverty by ensuring girls are at schools where they obtain quality education. For US$300 dollars Gutu Mission provided food. Her inbox message via Facebook is directed to Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network Worldwide who the girls passionately call Muzvare
Hello muzvare wanted to tell you that we are back from school and to say thank you for all the effort you put to send us to school. I managed to come 1st in our class with 15 out of 20 points which is 3Bs and 1C.I hope to improve and I am on my way 2 Zengeza 4 to submit my report
In the Girls at risk support Unit 13 girls including one handicapped out of 56 who made urgent calls in need of urgent rescue from rape situations were assisted. The youngest girl to be assisted with medication and admission into Chihota Girls Empowerment Village was only two years. She was raped by an uncle who was visiting at her village in Hwedza. One girl aged 13 was rescued from a bogus prophet who had sexually enslaved for at least a month. He was arrested by court and is in police custody and denied bail. Many girls who have been assisted through Girls Empowerment Villages have a higher chance to have perpetrators convicted.US$348 was spent on transportation, medication and court attendance for the 13 girls.
Girls Empowerment kits fund got support of 525 dollars. At least 25 girls clubs with a total of 2500 girls got empowerment kits and books to enhance activities in their Girls Empowerment Clubs. Avril Tsunga of Program Officer of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe and Anita Koroma of Sierra Leone conducted some trainings in girls empowerment clubs. Sierra Leone received US$ 400 and Zimbabwe received US$325. These Girls Empowerment kits comprise information on empowerment and leadership, HIV and AIDS, understanding abuse and how to break silence on abuse especially before it happens, a list of stakeholders girls can turn to when abused or for any life saving service, career development and many other programs.
The solar bread making project was funded with 425 dollars with girls and staff receiving basic training and ingredients to start making bread. In the next report we will feature progress so far made in bread making for the Girls Empowerment Village.
We are so delighted we have made quite some good progress with donations you sent to us. We also really want you to stay connected to us and the girls via Facebook so that we share ideas on how to make the projects better and stronger. We have a total of 2500 girls who have benefited so far and our Girls Empowerment programs which are preventative and proactive is something we feel has value for your donations. Is there something you want to contribute to our programs? Do you have any comments or suggestions?
Once again thank you all for being part of girls empowerment journey and we hope to do more together.
Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW) submits this report pre project implementation. Our first disbursement came on 13 December 2011. This project gives a summary of preparatory work for the project and identification of project beneficiaries.
Since fundraising for this project commenced we have been involved with identification of our beneficiaries. Girl Child Network Zimbabwe submitted monthly reports from the Girls at risk support Unit. They receive serious and life threatening rape cases of an average of 150 girls per month. Girls are reported to be in situations where they cannot come out or if they came out they are repeatedly rape as many men enjoy impunity in the country. We received 350,25 US dollars for rescue missions and we have already set out to helping 10 girls one of which is a girl aged 11 from rural Gutu in Zimbabwe. The girls is orphaned and lives with an ailing grandmother. She was raped by a man aged 56 for ritual purposes. Her spine dislocated and she is now handicapped and cannot walk. She stopped going to school. Girls in situations like this are assisted through the courts, police, hospital and with counselling services. They are provided with relief funds for food and other basics.
When her grandmother was informed our rescue team will be at her village on Friday 13 January 2012 she dropped tears and said ,`Now that her handpicked body cannot be rescued back to what it was, but at least her self worth will make her able again. There are times when grannies like us cannot do much but you help us. Thank you.`
Girls Empowerment kits fund got support of 525 dollars. Our program officer for Girl Child Network Zimbabwe will have some girls empowerment kits printed out and these comprise information on empowerment and leadership, HIV and AIDS, understanding abuse and how to break silence on abuse especially before it happens, a list of stakeholders girls can turn to when abused or for any life saving service, career development and many other programs. She will visit and make presentations for 10 girls clubs targeting over a thousand girls.
This time one self help project will be funded for 425 dollars. Our Girls Empowerment and Education officer is choosing between a solar bread making solar stove for 20 girls in Chihota Girls Empowerment Village or the sanitary pads project in Rusape. Decisions on which self help project to be funded will be out soon.
We are so grateful for your support. When you donated to us did you ever think small donations these would change and save lives? They do have a huge impact as 1441 dollars for this project will change the lives of 1030 girls. The project aims to ensure girls are empowered to use their hands and to prevent any abuse that may occur to them. Please keep your feedback going as we are a learning organisation and we thrive from your comments. What do you think we can do to get many people to support similar small projects for girls like this? Your ideas are welcome.
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