Building a Community Center to Empower Girls

by The African Impact Foundation
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls
Building a Community Center to Empower Girls

On behalf of the African Impact Foundation, thank you for empowering 300 girls and community members in Livingstone! This community centre would not be possible without you and your impact will create a positive ripple effect for generations to come. 

Both of our groups at Linda Community and Linda South Community that are transitioning into grade 6 have had their first lesson in the TGI Leadership program! It was a great success and the girls are eager to be young leaders. The community centre will be a safe and supportive place for lessons such as these to take place. 

Our women's groups are also showing great enthusiasm, an admirable work ethic, and a passion for topics covered in their workshops! They have been busy practicing their sewing skills, learning about child development and at-home teaching methods, and teaching lessons on gender-based violence at Libuyu Community School. It's so great to see them feeling confident enough about what they learned to want to share that information with the community and their families! 

Through multiple meetings with councils, lawyers, and ministries, our team on the ground has been working tirelessly and patiently to get one step closer to starting the build! After a successful meeting last week we are able to decide on exciting next steps. 

Thank you for your trust and belief in us to make an impact, and your dedication to the girls and women in Livingstone! 

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A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the TGI Community Centre in Livingstone, Zambia – we have reached 50% of our fundraising target!

Our on-ground staff have been busy meeting with the town council committee and the Ministry of Lands to create a draft plan for the land. 

Last month our TGI programs ran for 105 students! We can’t wait until all of the workshops are in one central location at the community centre so that we can grow. 

“Imagine If” is a 16 day campaign in support of African Impact Foundation’s Girl Impact gender equality projects in Zambia, South Africa, and Tanzania. The 16 Days of Activism is an annual UN initiative for gender based violence which aligns with TGI’s 6 pillars of safety, self-confidence, income generation, education, health, and early pregnancy. 

This campaign will help us raise the remaining 50% of our community centre target, and support our other TGI programs in Southern and Eastern Africa. 

Donate here to give girls and women the life they deserve. Every $50 donation allows one boy or girl to go through a year of TGI workshops! Thank you!

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GI veggie harvest
GI veggie harvest

The past three months has seen alot of great things happening on our Girl Impact project. 

After the long search of land where the Community Center will be built we have finally found one and the first phase has been signed off and we have paid 60% of the asking price. As soon as the title deed is out we will be able to start the construction works of the community center and the garden will be moved the new land as well. 

On the other hand our Grade 5 girls from Linda South Community School have really been enjoying and learning a great deal of information from the farm. They’ve learned the importance of patience, growth and teamwork. The farm has taught them lessons that can’t be taught in a classroom and the girls are definitely seeing the fruits of their labor. But although the farm has seen many up, we have also seen a few downs. After our last harvest, the farm experienced a few attaches from goats and cows to even elephants. But despite these unfortunate events, our girls have learned that resilience is an essential part of life and when you work together you can do anything!

Other than the gardening activity with girls; time and time again we discussed physical health and how to keep our bodies fit but when is the right time to talk about mental health? We started discussing the importance of knowing your emotions and being mindful of your mental state. These small discussions help our girls to develop a solid understanding of the why mental health is just as important as our physical health.

All these great things has been possible with the help of volunteers. 

Thank you very much for the support both financially, physcially, materially. Looking forward to achieving more great things. 

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Our gender empowerment program has seen an organic growth, as more community members are becoming aware of the benefits of joining our projects.

We are excited to announce that we have added another women’s group to the program.  

Our original women’s group has been running for several years and this year we focused on business and finance skills. Word soon spread and more women started to turn-up to our project. It soon became clear that two smaller groups was more beneficial for the women than one large one. And so, the newer members’ group was created. Already a firm favorite with the staff and volunteers the focus with these women is to start the workshops the other women had already completed. To date this has centered on cervical cancer. One in five women in Zambia show evidence of cervical cancer, so understanding the symptoms early and learning on the importance of vaginal health is vital.

Additionally, we wrote last quarter about the addition of the Grade 5 Girls at Linda South and this has gone from strength-to- strength. Already the girl’s understanding of English has improved, and this has been reflected in their confidence and sense of self worth. We have focused on building upon this with talks on the self-esteem and understanding the difference between positive and negative relationships. 

We expect great things from all our women, girls and boys in our projects and are excited about the future. Once we have the community centre we can then look at expanding these projects further and empowering even more of the community.

We are currently looking for the perfect piece of land to purchase and then will start building following the purchase. We are so thankful for everyone's support and cannot wait to get this Center up and running!

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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.
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The African Impact Foundation

Location: Muizenberg, Western Cape - South Africa
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Sarah Nielsen
Muizenberg, Western Cape South Africa

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