Leadership and Literacy for Congolese Teen Girls

by Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo (SAFECO)
Leadership and Literacy for Congolese Teen Girls
Leadership and Literacy for Congolese Teen Girls
Leadership and Literacy for Congolese Teen Girls
Leadership and Literacy for Congolese Teen Girls
Leadership and Literacy for Congolese Teen Girls
Leadership and Literacy for Congolese Teen Girls
Leadership and Literacy for Congolese Teen Girls
Leadership and Literacy for Congolese Teen Girls
A visit of the Girl Ambassadors with Rwenena kids
A visit of the Girl Ambassadors with Rwenena kids

We have decided to suspend this project until we get more funding. We are considering a plan for improving effectiveness and impact that would come with more frequent visits to Rwenena. Our Girl Ambassadors for Peace and their work continues in other areas of eastern Congo with great success. The women and girls in Rwenena who have been served by this project remain grateful to the Girl Ambassadors for their inspiring, uplifting instruction and eagerly await their return. When and if this occurs, we hope to create a new SAFECO project, similar to the current one.

Please know that our sister project here on GlobalGiving, “Educate 60+ Children in DR Congo” (aka “Rwenena Kids”; Project #22943) remains active and continues to provide education services to the children of Rwenena. We look forward to reporting on the exciting progress of that project next month.

Thank you so much for your support.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at rwenenakids@gmail.com.

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Girl Ambassador Esther discusses women's rights.
Girl Ambassador Esther discusses women's rights.

The Girl Ambassadors for Peace (GA4P) travel up to 6 hours to reach Rwenena from the provincial capital of South Kivu, Bukavu. The village of Rwenena remains engaged with the GA’s lessons and principles they have learned.

Now, these and other villagers have another way to reap the benefits: by radio. Not everyone in Rwenena owns a radio – nor is reception consistent – but even for listeners beyond the village, the content of the Girl Ambassadors’ live radio program makes its way back to the community. Their entertaining but educational content on Radio Star FM impacts listeners throughout South Kivu province. The girls teach women’s rights and empowerment and report on injustices against women. They also cite United Nations Security Council Resolutions that confirm the vital roles of women in conflict management and peacekeeping. The program always inspires listeners to phone the station with feedback and questions.

The representative of Rwenena women observed, following a Girl Ambassadors presentation at the village, “Men used to say that girls don’t deserve education, that girls must work on a farm waiting for their marriage age. That is not true. We must end this misunderstanding by allowing girls as well as boys to access education. You never know who will help you in the future. We thank Girl Ambassadors for Peace for having chosen our community.”

In response to Rwenena women’s urgent appeal for additional visits, we are currently making plans to accommodate them. But we need your donations to succeed. Contributing to this program helps ensure the continued success of the GA team as well as the knowledge, awareness raising, and capacity building they provide to Rwenena. Thank you in advance for your support.

The Girl Ambassadors are happy to serve Rwenena.
The Girl Ambassadors are happy to serve Rwenena.
GAs proudly deliver their impactful radio program.
GAs proudly deliver their impactful radio program.

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Benedicte, leader of Girl Ambassadors for Peace
Benedicte, leader of Girl Ambassadors for Peace

The mothers of eastern Congo – and those in the vulnerable and extremely remote village of Rwenena – lead challenging lives, which can include struggles against violence, ill health, lack of food, and more. They have had little if any education, which is customarily cut short by being forced to marry young or by becoming pregnant through sexual violence. These women are typically very strong and resilient in spirit. Unfortunately, most are resigned to their lack of literacy and numeracy once they become mothers. Instead, they aim to provide an education for their children.

But the Girl Ambassadors for Peace program works to change this notion. These young women are committed to and passionate about providing literacy and numeracy training to 45 mothers in Rwenena, ranging from ages 15 to 50. The ambassadors present material in engaging, encouraging, and impactful ways. The training allows the mothers to start small businesses to generate family income. This is a thrilling, life-changing prospect for the new student mothers.

As the leader of Girl Ambassadors for Peace, Benedicte Bulangalire observes, "In my community, women don’t know and enjoy their rights and I’m very concerned about that situation. Among the many difficulties women face are a lack of maternal health services, no access to basic education, and being at great risk of gender-based violence. Our objective as Girl Ambassadors for Peace is to teach women about their rights and especially the right to education."

Please support our Girl Ambassadors so they can continue to provide these critical services to the mothers of Rwenena.

Every donation makes a difference.

  

Mothers usually bring babies in tow everywhere.
Mothers usually bring babies in tow everywhere.
Literacy and numeracy training
Literacy and numeracy training
Mothers learn about rights through skits.
Mothers learn about rights through skits.

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Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo (SAFECO)

Location: Bukavu, South Kivu Province - Congo, Democratic Republic of the
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Twitter: @MamanShujaa
Project Leader:
Stany Nzabas
Bukavu, South Kivu Province Congo, Democratic Republic of the

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