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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