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There has been some great progress made in stengthening the work of Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe Empowerment clubs. This program is cornerstone of the work of the organisation because much of what takes place in girls clubs impact positively on their lives. Key to what happens in girls empowerment clubs are prevention programs on sexual abuse, leadership and empowerment training that unleashes the potential of girls .
In the last quarter the grant received on this project was disbursed to the girls empowerment club in Nyamandlovu , Matebeleland in Zimbabwe. They wanted to run leadership training for girls and stregthen their capacity as girls to do peer to peer counseling in the likely event they experience abuse. Two trainings were conducted by expert girls coaches and for the first time using a locally designed manual previously tested for effective. Basically this training took their 106 girl child members of the clubs into a process of appreciating gender equality and the many activities the club has done to change mindsets of traditional leadership in the way they treat girls especially those sexually violated and impregnanted. The training created amongst them community girl child rights champions who will be out to protect other girls being abused and especially to detect abuse and report it before it happens.
'As girls we can stop abuse happening against us if we are equipped by the right skills and we can prevent harmful cultural practices. I am happy the work of our girls clubs is spreading across village and we thank everyone helping us build this netwok here in Matebeleland as there is no counseling service provider for girls. We have just to do it', said Maria aged 16 who is club president.
The Club Coodinator of Nyamandholvu girls empowerment club sends her gratitude and said,`Now our girls have a laptop and are connected to the world. Before they think their world is small we will open communication with the rest of the world. We are now connected and feel free to mentor our girls online. Prevention is better than cure.'
In another positive development for Zimbabwe, teh girls empowerment village has managed to refurbish and provide shelter for girls. Due to lack of funding in the past few months , the only place in Zimbabwe to shelter girls from rape, sex trafficking and harmful cultural practices had not been able to take in girls. Volunteers teamed up and the place is a hive of activity.
On behalf of Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe, we appeal to our donors to help us mobilise more support especially to help the new leadership of the organisation who are mostly former girls who once benefitted from the leadership and empowerment wok of the charity. This project is a life line for a lot of girls in the country. Many girls see it as their home and life because of the essential services it provides. The poject needs more volunteers and more funding to hire professional and qualified staff as well as provide girls with basics. The appeals from girls of Zimbabwe for help with education, counseling and basics to live on points to a serious crisis. We all ask donors to intervene with cash or in kind donations and also anyone who can offer their volunteer time is welcome.
We are hoping to keep in communication has there is so much progress on girls clubs and also rehabilitating girls through girls empowerment village. With your suppot we knw that many lives will be saved.
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Sister Itayi Marembo and girls leadership