The project will seek to empower and build the skills and knowledge of 250 at-risk girl-children, who are victims of forced or child-labor in rural villages within the five states of South-Eastern Nigeria. The project will engage and advance their knowledge and skills in various skill-acquisition programs that will create the enabling platform for their sustainable future engagement. Finally, it will take these girls off the streets and transform them into responsible private entrepreneurs.
Many Nigerian households prefer to use girl-children as maids. A large number of these girls engage in hawking and carriage of goods. On average, more school-age girls engage in street trading. However, the shocking effects of girl-child labour has become enormous as 20% of maids have been subjected to one form of sexual assault including cases of rape, violence which in most cases were unreported. They are also exposed to adult challenges and deviant behavior at an early age of their lives.
The project will provide sustainable solution to the issue of girl-child labour and trafficking in the South-east region of Nigeria, by identifying 250 affected victims across the region, counseling and enrolling them in a 3-month skill-acquisition training program, after which certificates and the requisite utensils will be made available to these girls for onward entrepreneurship that will sustain their livelihood.
HRJPF will integrate sustainability aspects from the beginning of her project, this will assist to develop the needed synergy with relevant stakeholders and develop strong support to continue to evaluate the impact of the project. HRJPF will also develop communication strategy as to be able to share project results with a large audience. The expected outcome will include a self-determined successor-generation of girl-children exhibiting the zeal for a positive and responsible future.