We are pleased to report that the Girl Child Network has joined GlobalGiving through their Girl Effect Challenge, which was designed to identify organizations working to further the rights of adolescent girls in developing countries. As a result, Girl Child Network has joined GlobalGiving as a partner with its own projects on the site.
You can see their active project here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/girl-empowerment-model-for-100000-girls-in-africa/ The Girl Child Network has been a grant partner of IDEX since 1999, which means that IDEX has supported GCN with grants and access to resources, including managing the project here on GlobalGiving. We are pleased to report that GCN is now in a position to lead their own fundraising through GlobalGiving, which is one of our goals as an organization in promoting partner sustainability.
When young girls fall victim to rape and other forms of sexual abuse, it affects many or even all aspects of life. Girl Child Network (GCN) is committed to championing the rights of these girls by giving them hope and a building block to transform their future!
GCN offers a unique model, the Girl Child Empowerment Proactive and Preventative Program, that focuses not only on providing safe shelter and healing, but it also allows these young girls to obtain an educaion and training in life-skills.
Recently launched was the Question Power Mentorship Progam. With the new installation of broadband at the GCN offices in Vainona, girls can now receive tutorial lessons and empowerment programs via Skype. An active member of the community, Haseena Patel, has devoted her time to conduct this program with the girls.
The program is aimed at empowering girls to become future women leaders by observing the following objectives.
Because of the success of the Girl Child Empowerment Proactive and Preventative Program, other empowerment models are now being launched in other parts of Zimbabwe. Additional organizations are setting up similar models in their communities and more people have been inspired to help girls who are the most vulnerable in society.
GCN is continuing to push forth to invest in more girls programs by raising the awareness of human rights issues facing young girls, but still needs your help!
When you support the growth and empowerment of young abused girls by contributing to programs such as these, you give them a chance to aim high to achieve their full potential and allow them to live a life of freedom they so deserve!
Your generous donations help fund computer literacy for the girls that GCN works with in the townships of Mwemba, Mashala, Neshaya, St. Marys, Nekabandama, Hwange Urban, and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. In the last year, 30 girls were provided with full-scholarships to attend school. They are provided with books, pens and pencils, and tuition. GCN’s mission is to end violence against girls and provide the legal, educational, and personal tools to overcome experiences of abuse. Plus, fairly recently in it’s history of 12 years, GCN has acquired the additional access to computers and IT education that helps these students develop valuable skills they will need to earn a living out of school. Providing young women who have lived in abusive situations with a safe haven is incredibly important. And to equip them with the skills to become empowered, active citizens and advocates against violence, abuse, and mysogeny is absolutely necessary.
By donating to this project, you are making a huge difference!
Despite a rise in school fees, GCN has been able to provide 30 girls with full scholarships! Another 134 girls were given school-books and other supplies, and GCN’s food program has increased the health and academic performance of the girls it serves. Most of the girls are now part of after school activities and have the energy to study.
Many of the young women and girls GCN work with have come from abusive situations. GCN provides them with housing, food, and the support necessary to get justice through the court system in Zimbabwe. Attending school and after-school programs provides these girls with important social and peer support.
Thanks to your generous donations, GCN can continue to send girls to school healthy, active, and with the supplies they need.
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GCN’s work continues to make long strides toward making positive changes in social justice as an increasing number of girls are becoming more aware of their rights. By providing at-risk girl-children with the necessary tools to regain their self-confidence, girls now have the strength to report abuse. Furthermore, girls are better able to get justice as 52% of reported perpetrators were apprehended last year.
Due to GCN’s awareness campaigns, community members have mobilized themselves to form Child Monitoring Committees that work to ensure that abuse cases are reported with an increase of cases reported by the girls themselves.
Most importantly, the girls (80 are currently being provided with school fees) have been able to stay in school giving them the chance to prove that they can make it to the top despite previous traumatic experiences. In fact, 2 girls from the empowerment village will be attending university in the United States!
By donating to GCN, you are ensuring that girls have the opportunity to heal and achieve their full potential. Thank you for your ongoing support!
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