Chihota Girls Empowerment Village in Zimbabwe a project of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe is a safe haven to sexually abused who have been made homeless and forced to frop out of school by poverty and violence. Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe trained and gave start up grant to girls and an income generating project through bread making has given a life line to 20 girls who currently live at the village. Girls who live in the nearby villages have been taken into the project too. Economic empowerment of girls and giving them income is what this grant targeted. We moved from just donating to girls to ensuring that they become creative with the donations. The girls make bread daily after school and every morning they take the bread to sell in school. Many orders are coming from schools close to the Girls Empowerment Village.
In addition to the bread making project, girls empowered in clubs launched a campaign against forced marriages and made demands to parents who married off their daughters to rescue them and reinstate them into school. On 16 June on the Day of the African Child, girls held a press conference and issued out a statement demanding the government to stop early child marriages. They protested against a family that married a girl aged 12 in Chivhu village who died at age 13 whilst giving birth.
Recently one girl in the project commented that,`Dai takatanga kare vamwe vedu vasina kusiya chikoro and translated this means if we only had started much earlier quite a number of us girls could have stayed in school.
This is what happens when girls transform into leaders. We invite our supporters to send us views and comments as well as ways we should best support our Girls Empowerment Villages. Daily we are receiving girls in desperate of shelter from rape and your donations go a long way.
Look forward to launch of our exciting projects meant to support Girls Empowerment Villages in Zimbabwe.
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