The projects are moving along well! All 20 clubs are still operating successfully, with a total membership of about 580 girls.
To date, livelihood training has begun and groups of girls are receiving instruction on vegetable growing, poultry, food processing, and tailoring. There are also plans to begin beautification and photography training this month. The goal of the livelihood trainings are to empower the girls economically by affording them skill-sets that they will be able to use to earn livings and become productive in their communities. We have kept our eye towards this goal in the search for relevant training courses for this population of Tanzanian adolescent girls.
Starting this month, the program will also begin offering income generation skills courses, the precursor to girls being able to use financial lessons to take out loans in microcredit groups.
The life skills training course is still being developed, as we strive to include instruction on issues more specific to Tanzanian adolescents such as early pregnancy, rape, prostitution and drug addiction. Materials should be completed this month, and we are looking forward to beginning this component of the program.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our work! We hope you will continue to stand by us, as we empower and educate the Tanzanian adolescents who will grow up to be able to support themselves and their families in a more stable livelihood.
Jul 30, 2009
BRAC's Safe Spaces for adolescent girls in Tanzania are up and running!
By Michelle Chaplin - Program Manager, BRAC USA
Lutfor, the Program Coordinator, playing chess with the girls
Thank you all for your continued support of BRAC's Safe Spaces and Loans for Adolescent Girls in Tanzania. I just returned from visiting some of the girls' clubs in the Dodoma region of central Tanzania and wanted to give you a few updates:
*All 20 clubs have been set up. Each club has an average of 29 members, so a total of 580 girls are benefiting from the project.
*We've provided training to 20 adolescent leaders/mentors.
*We've begun holding parents' and mothers' forums on a monthly basis to ensure support from the community and encourage parents' involvement with their daughter's lives.
*We're developing the life skills training course, which will provide the girls with important information on topics such as gender equality, reproductive health, leadership skills, etc.
*We've conducted a survey of the girls and in the local community to determine the best livelihood training courses to offer.
*Livelihood and financial training courses will be offered later this year, after which the girls will be able to take out small loans to start their own businesses.
I've also posted some stories from my trip to Tanzania on BRAC's blog: http://blog4brac.blogspot.com. Please take a look!
With your continued support, these girls will soon be able to generate income for themselves and their families so they can afford things like school supplies, food and clothes.
Update of BRAC’s Program for Adolescent Girls in Tanzania
By Michelle Chaplin - Project Manager
Thank you to all of our donors for your gracious support of BRAC’s program to provide safe spaces and loans to teenage girls in Tanzania. With your help we have made measurable progress towards reaching our goal. Here’s an update of our progress so far:
• We’ve surveyed and held discussions with teenage girls and their mothers to select the best meeting times, activities and training programs for the girls. BRAC staff members will continue to hold meetings with mothers to stay informed about the girls’ progress in school and at home.
• We’ve developed training materials, recruited and trained 10 adolescent club mentors. All of the mentors are female.
• We’ve opened 4 adolescent clubs where 100 girls can safely gather and discuss issues that are important to them with each other and with their mentors.
• Financial and livelihood training programs will begin in later this year, after which the girls will be able to take out small loans to start their own businesses.
With your support we will continue to build adolescent clubs, sign on and train mentors, and recruit members to participate in the clubs.