Young Change Agents
While also looking after their own education and families, the high-school aged Girls of Global Grassroots' Girls Academy for Conscious Change are deeply invested in solving their social issue priorities and learning social entrepreneurship skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. Your generous support is what allows this remarkable project to continue.
In April, Global Grassroots met with the Komera Scholars and Academy change agents to conduct follow-up training in financial analysis and program reporting. The girls teams completed their bookkeeping of their use of funds for their initial activities and developed progress reports to share with their local donors about their work in the community. They also developed activity plans for their upcoming August break, when they will complete their program services. Simultaneously, the Komera Project has selected a new group of 20 beneficiaries who will become our next cohort in the Girls Academy in November. In August, they will meet our existing change agents, serving as volunteers on their ventures, as our current cohort provides mentorship and inspiration to the class that will follow them.
Although initially designed as short-term projects, the eight teams of the inaugural Girls Academy have decided to keep working on their issues year round. We are pleased to share with you some highlights of 3 of the ventures:
Brave People, working on homeless youth, has provided training, school materials, shoes and underwear for 10 children and registered 7 of them for school. They were also able to help 3 children reconcile with their families and move back home, although one of them returned to the street. For children who do not have families to return to, or who cannot reconcile with them, this team is seeking adoptive parents from within the community.
Invincible Vision, working on malnutrition, has given 4 families pigs to raise for manure to help increase farm yields. They have also provided training on how to take care of the animals as well as medicine for them if they become sick. During their break in August, they intend to go build shelters for the 2 pigs given to the poorest families so that the animals do not have to stay outside when the rainy season begins.
Step Forward, a team working on child abuse and its consequences, has helped 10 children who had dropped out of school return to their studies. These girls met with school officials and local leaders to talk to them about the challenges these children faced, and convinced them to donate school uniforms to children who could not afford them. During their next break they intend to meet with groups of parents individually to talk to them about children’s rights as well as hold a public forum on the same topic.
Please consider continuing to support these fearless young change agents.
Working Through Solutions
Girls Academy Participants