Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls

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Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower 300 Girls
before we build the actual center we have been looking at expanding the project into the other communities and one of the communites is Linda South Community. The Girl Impact interns/volunteers have been working with the Linda South girls for 6 weeks now. 
We see them every Tuesday and Friday for the girl impact program and farming. We’ve had to adapt the GI program slightly for them due to lower levels of English compared to the other schools we work with, but they’re now starting to make good progress. Some of the lessons we’ve had with them include; teamwork, gender and gender roles, self esteem, positive body image as well as additional English lessons. 
We had our first farming lesson with them last week and we had a great turn out! They took home several eggplants each which they picked that morning from Linda Farm.  
They’re our fun group! They were all quite shy especially with speaking English the first few weeks but they’ve now really come out of their shells! All the girls get along brilliantly and they all LOVE to sing and dance. They teach us new songs every week. We’ve already seen a huge change in their self confidence and we’re excited to continue to watch it grow.

The dream of the Girl Impact community centre is slowly coming true.

What are we doing about it? Purchase of the land where the community center we will be built. The land has current structures that we will be used right away when we are still raising more funds for actual Centre. 

Renovations – Build a wall around the existing structure, install a blackboard, Mats renovate the toilets, storeroom. 

Start running the lessons at the new GI Centre- This will house women & girls from both Linda and Sakubita communities.

Build an Eco Compost bin & Benches around the trees.

Wire fence – For a proper boundary and security purpose.

Why do we need the community Centre?Currently the classes are held under a tree which is not a very ideal place for some of the lessons that need privacy and not suitable environment under harsh conditions like rainy and winter seasons.Once the center is built it will house a lot of different activities, tailoring workshops, computer workshops, career workshops etc.

This also means that we will nolonger have cancellation of projects as we will have full control of the place. Before if the school is closed due to no water we couldn’t hold any lessons.

We are looking at doing different kinds of Income Generating Activities with both women and girls. 

 Women- Chitenge bag making, chitenge outfits, Jewelry making. The funds raised will be able to assist pay for school fees for example.

Girls -  Gardening- sell of seedlings, vegetables, chickens, Eggs. the vegetables from the farming phase will be used to feed the girls regular and nutritious meals. This will improve their health, provide an opportunity to teach them new cooking skills, nutrition knowledge, and give them a sense of self-competency. The remaining ones will be used as Income generating activity. The other IGA will be used I the running of  the community center.  

Vegetable Garden
Vegetable Garden

One of the things that the girls learn as part of the AGEP ( Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program) is some of the life skills that can give them an income.  The challenges that girls are confronted with—high rates of gender-based violence, unsafe sex that puts girls at risk for unwanted pregnancy and HIV infection, school dropout, lack of economic resources and income-generating options, lack of agency and participation—are linked together through their root causes. 

Three years ago the garden project was introduced as part of the learning program.  It’s not just a routine for the girls to go and help out with farm but it’s also used as a learning platform. The girls have learnt how to grow crops at their various homes. The skills have given them future income generation and the knowledge that they can provide for their family, now and in the future. The girls are also fed, which will help their concentration levels and learning capacity whilst in school. This fits in with the Global Goals #2 Zero Hunger and #4 Quality Education. 

On the other we are busy putting things in place to kick start the building project with funds raised so far. 

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GI- Boys
GI- Boys

The Girl Impact lessons for both girls and boys are normally conducted under a big tree at Linda Community School. This has not stopped them from attending the lessons as they value of education. Education is knowing about the facts of life. In every part of our life we learn in different forms. Education is not to mug up, but just to understand how to create the world around us and how to sustain it for future generations and how to develop relations for existence. The role of education is meant for developing something new rather than relying on the old innovations. One should be able to identify what he knows and what he doesn’t know. Education is the only way to win the world. It is to think deeply about something till its roots and understand the intention behind it.

Once this community center is built it will enable us to conduct all the lessons there. From the adult literacy club, health talks to skills training. The past few months has seen us raise over $10,000 towards building. The funds raised so far will enable us to start stage one of the build project as the land is secured. 

GI-Women
GI-Women
GI- Girls
GI- Girls
 

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The African Impact Foundation

Location: Muizenberg, Western Cape - South Africa
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Morgan Domijan
Muizenberg, Western Cape South Africa

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