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.