Girls' Empowerment Village in Hwange, Zimbabwe

by Girl Child Network (GCN)
Girls' Empowerment Village in Hwange, Zimbabwe


The Empowerment Village will serve as a shelter, counseling center and community clubhouse where girls combating sexual and emotional abuse can regain their self-esteem and hope for the future.

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In Zimbabwe, the boy child is given priority in all aspects of life. This has resulted in the escalating number of homeless girls, school drop-outs, child prostitution, rape, HIV/AIDS, forced virginity testing, early marriages and pregnancies. By setting up an Empowerment Village in rural Hwange, the project will reach over 1,000 girls. The first of its kind in the area, the village will expose the rampant abuse against girl children and break the culture of silence and shame in Hwange.


Two hundred girls will be assisted in setting up and running income-generating self-help projects. Three hundred girls will be reinstated to schools and 100 girls will be assisted with application to go to University.

Long-Term Impact

In addition to 1,000 members, each year at least 300 girls will be assisted with counseling and temporary shelter from abuse. The structure itself will include offices, classrooms, four hostels, two kitchens, and a crafts center.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Organization Information

Girl Child Network (GCN)

Location: San Francisco, California - USA

Funded Project!

Thanks to 5 donors like you, a total of $2,042 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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