The majority of rural Zimbabweans are living in poverty due to political and economic challenges and severe drought. Failing crops and unheard of inflation creates a situation where great number of peasant farmers can no longer afford to send their girl children to school. School fees and uniforms are impossible to pay for as prices keep rising. Sadly, girls are being forced to drop out of school. It is likely many girls will never return. Often these girls resort to prostitution.
Girl Child Network (GCN) will use the funds to pay for one year's school fees; a uniform that includes a new pair of shoes; counseling and hot meals for the most disadvantaged girls in the area around Hwange.
GCN anticipates that educating and counseling severely impoverished girls provide opportunities for economic independence and is an effective long-term investment to eradicating poverty. Access to education honors these girls’ basic human rights.