It has always been tradition for adults to champion for the rights of girls. Our girls empowerment project has resulted in many girls clubs coming up with girls who are empowered and with a voice. This has been the positive impact of your donations. It took the last two months for all girls clubs in Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone to put together advocacy programs for United Nations International day of the girl child. Because of your generous donations, girl child advocates managed to mobilise girls from remote parts of the country and bring them to speak out to policy makers and government authorities For a rural girl to have an awareness on laws protecting her and being able to stand up in her village to say No to child marriage is a milestone.
Girls in the high density suburb of Chitungwiza had a great day on UN Day of the Girl Child which they put together through girls empowerment clubs. They got the first lady, Prime Minister`s wife speaking out in her home town and her call to end child marriages was well reserved. Girls Empowerment clubs representatives put together their demands to government. The Director of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe Edinah Masanga reported that their efforts culminated in over 4000 girls breaking silence on forced marriages and other forms of abuse in the last year and an increased number in the last quarter due to increased club activities.
Forty eight girls were rescued from sexual abuse in Zimbabwe in the last quarter. Only 32 girls were successfully rehabilitated whilst the rest still need shelter and support to boarding school. We want to thank everyone who has supported this project. Many of you have contacted us with desire to fundraise to see this project gain more funds for our preventive work with girls in girls clubs. Please feel welcome and our team thanks you so much. After successful celebrations of UN Day of the girl child and advocating for girls, we feel we have made impact and so in 2013 we want to make the day global and invite some girls in remote parts of Africa to come to UK and USA for leadership academy as well as to receive global awards for their hard work leading community based projects. This is how big this project will grow and please come grow with us. We welcome ideas on how best to make this project the best.
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