For the second year, Global Grassroots's conducted a Conscious Social Change Academy curriculum in partnership with the Komera Project based in Rwinkwavu, eastern Rwanda, at the Partners In Health Center. Eighteen girls joined this training to address social issues they identified in their communities. Based on merit, these girls were awarded seed funding to support ventures that they designed.
The girls formed three ventures with the following missions, in their words (with translation):
"To reduce the number of street children through providing school material to the most vulnerable 5 children, training on importance of the girls and children’s rights, and educating community on importance of girls’ education and children in general through drama. We will help with reintegration process where it will be possible."
"To reduce the number of street girls who do not go to school, by providing the training and using theater to mobilize and educate their relatives on the importance of sending both children to school, providing some school materials to the 6 vulnerable girls and doing advocacy for their rights."
"To reduce poverty against women and girls through family planning training, how to create jobs or businesses with personal small revenue available in community, and initiating livestock program among the most vulnerable families."
Global Grassroots' Senior Program Officer noted how effective it is to educate social change agents at this juncture of their lives. Girls suddenly have new skills as well as a new found ambition with which to focus their energy.
For sponsors who contributed to supporting these girls in the first year, thank you so much. This year's group of eighteen girls shows great promise. We are deeply grateful for any new or continued support. We will be sure to let you know how their ventures progress as 2014 unfolds.
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