This project will assist 50 girls in vulnerable communities in Cape Town & Gauteng to stay in school, provide them with an internationally recognized skills development program while supporting their basic needs for nutrition and re-usable sanitary towels.
In South Africa there is an alarming 44.6% (2016) of learners who dropped out of school before reaching grade 12. UNESCO says "one in 10 girls in Africa will miss school during their period and eventually drop out; while World Bank statistics show girls are absent about four days every month, harming their education. For many girls, the problem is both social and financial. This impact their self esteem & their innate belief in themselves.
The Social Capital Network provides sanitary towels to vulnerable and underprivileged girls in destitute communities in South Africa. Moreover, the distribution of these pads are underpinned by an internationally recognized skills development program. Once they complete a year they will receive an award that enables them to apply for scholarships while assisting them with their basic needs. The organisation believes in linking girls to better opportunities.
The project will develop the skills of 50 girls who in turn will inspire & assist 950 more girls in their community. The anticipated outcomes of the project are as follows: 1. Bridging the gender gap and empowering marginalised girls, building their self-worth and enabling them to demonstrate their potential; 2. To increase leadership capabilities & increasing access to development opportunities; 3. Improving employment levels and mastering skills; 4. Increasing self-awareness.