Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women

by GVI Charitable Programs
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women
Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls & Women

A wealth of workshops to educate women and girls 

 

We thank our donors for their support of women and girls around the world.

 

Michele Obama once said,  "When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous."    We strive to provide opportunities for women and girls to develop skills and knowledge as individuals and as a community. 

 

 Our programmes support workshops and other learning opportunities. We ensure workshops meet the desired needs of the community and that wherever possible, we utilize the skills and knowledge of the community.

 

Workshops aim to address day-to-day needs as well as helping with employment prospects.   Recently in Ghana, for example, sixteen women have been trained in basic first aid. First Aid certification is not only an asset in managing illness and injury in day-to-day life. The certification also increases employability.  First Aid skills are a strong point on any CV.  Consider the bigger picture.  The more people trained in First Aid, the greater the chance an illness or injury is managed effectively - the community benefits.  

 

Education is family-friendly too. In  Fiji, door-to-door education with local nurses has been an effective way of reaching families with vital health information about local issues. Workshops and information brochures have also been a way to inform families of important health information. Once pandemic restrictions have eased, this approach can be back on the agenda.  Another example of family education is in Ghana.   Family workshops addressing malaria provide practical advice for families. 

 

In  Cimorrones, Costa Rica,  we have been able to support women and girls with English lessons.  English skills can lead to employment opportunities as well as access to further education opportunities.   The learning environment also helps women to build a support network of fellow learners. 

 

As well as English lessons, our Cimorrones project aims to develop computer literacy.  A  skill set that includes computer literacy skills empowers females to operate in today’s world.  It opens the door to employment, self-learning, and access to a breadth of information.

 

We are excited about the next steps in Cimorrones.  Women are keen to learn more about business. Our project there is working towards business skills development.  The plan is for women to develop the skills and understandings to develop business plans. The women’s knowledge of their community needs, combined with business skills, is a good recipe for progress.

Education in  English, business, computing, and healthcare can have an ongoing impact on individuals and their families. Women and girls can develop skills to make a difference in their lives. Your donations go a long way to making these projects happen.

 

We appreciate your ongoing support and wish you continued good health and wellbeing.

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A Women's Empowerment workshop in Ghana
A Women's Empowerment workshop in Ghana

Dear Supporters!

 We wanted to to send you an update following the success of our Walk for Women campaign and to thank you all for your  generous contributions towards the campaign. As a direct result of everyone’s efforts, the campaign surpassed all its targets and we have secured the funds to help over 1,000 girls and women across Mexico, Ghana, Nepal, Thailand, Laos and Fiji to empower themselves. 

We have recorded 181 people completing a Walk for Women in support of the campagn during International Womens week, in 18 different countries and walking at least 1,835 miles! An incredible effort that absolutely succeeded our target of 1,000 miles. It shows what can be done when we unite together to make a difference! Very importantly, through the promotion of the walks and the campaign we did a huge amount to raise awareness and knowledge of the gender inequalities that exist today.

Between us, we have also raised an outstanding 13,596 USD, well exceeding our target of 10,000 USD. These funds will be used to help our collaborative projects to deliver education, inequality awareness, reproductive health, skills development, income generation, leadership and enterprise development initiatives, and help girls and women to empower themselves. 

We want to send a huge thank you from our projects and community members, to all of our supporters who helped to make this campaign such a success.

GVI Charitable Programs Team

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In what has been a mild and short lived winter here in Nepal, the season is rapidly switching and early rains are perking up the dry landscapes and mountainsides. Gardens are beginning to bloom and burgeon with late winter crops, and layers of clothing are being reduced from puffer jackets and mufflers to thick shawls and chia (tea).

Our collaborative project has continued to remain on hold for the safety of our community and our local staff.This has had a profound impact on the women’s sense of community in not being able to gather together. Many of the women had ambitions which we were working towards, implementing their skills in local businesses to better support their families or travelling overseas to be able to provide more income stability for their families. With those businesses now closed and international travel paused, the knock on effect has been difficult for many to remain motivated, as being a part of our Women Empowerment projects were crucial for them in achieving those goals. 

Having proficiency in English, confidence in interacting with people, advocating for themselves, and having a greater understanding of business are all key focus areas of our programs. Our team has begun planning how to run intensive catch up lessons once it is safe to gather in small numbers again, with many of the women worrying they have forgotten everything they have learned, pushing their dreams of financial independence and stability further behind. Most students are eager to avoid exams and tests but our community women are requesting it!

Our team regularly keeps in touch by phoning and checking in with each of our community women. Eager for conversation and updates, they often call us before we are due to call them,missing their thrice weekly sessions of building and maintaining community with other women through learning English. The conversations though brief are always peppered with similar lines of questioning – a longing to return to classes and concern for others. Though busy with domestic duties, some women have managed to find part time work to help further support their families and have been encouraged to continue to explore work abroad options through their improved English skill level.

Inspired by similar events in previous years, a handful of the eager women are signed up to participate in an upcoming fundraising walk – which they all exclaim is good for health anyway! It will be a precious time to gather in small numbers and share in community together as they reconnect with friends and supporters who are crucial in helping them to maintain a sense of pride and community in their lives.

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Like NGOs everywhere, we have had to adapt to some difficult circumstances during 2020 and to-date, with the team working extremely hard to ensure our impact is sustained while safely reacting to and navigating through the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are deeply embedded in our community, the safety of the women and girls of Kokrobite – and supporting them as best we can through the lockdowns and other pandemic pressures – has been our highest priority. Fortunately with the support of our donors, our team has been able to successfully continue our important work in women's empowerment and health. 

As our donors and supporters will be aware, our collaborative project,runs a program of menstrual health education and distribution of sanitary products for female students at our local partner schools in Kokrobite. The program allows for all girls of 11 years plus to participate in educational workshops to discuss reproductive and menstrual health and to be offered advice and guidance on safe and hygienic good practice. In addition, each school is provided with sanitary pads, sanitized wipes and other resources to distribute to female students as and when they experience their monthly reproductive cycles. However, with schools shut due to the global pandemic, female students have been at home, often being supported by family members who have seen their employment and income opportunities reduced by the pandemic, and so many of the girls have been unable to access the sanitary resources they need. 

In response, we have utilised donations from our donors to purchase and distribute sanitary products to hundreds of these girls directly in their homes. Working with teachers from our partner schools, the sanitary products were purchased and distributed door-to-door, with each female student being provided with a 3-month supply at-a-time to safely meet all their needs. In addition, our team has been able to work with our partner schools to provide advice and guidance on the sanitization and protective measures the girls can take to minimise the chances of contracting COVID-19 and generally staying safe and healthy until their schools can reopen. With some schools having been unable to reopen until January 2021, our team will continue to monitor those girls who need support and will continue to replenish their sanitary supplies as required.

In order to support our partner schools to reopen in a safe and responsible manner following the pandemic, and to help provide improved health and medical care to all students in the community in future, our collaborative project has also worked to accelerate the delivery of a first aid and hygiene training program for teachers from the local community. With access to emergency medical care very limited in the local community, major hospitals and medical facilities can take several hours to access, putting lives at risk due to the delay in those all important first medical responses. By taking advantage of the school closures and subsequent availability of local teachers, we worked full time over a 6 week period through August and September 2020 to deliver a bespoke 5 day course to 20 local educators. While maintaining safe distances, working with groups of no more than 5, and implementing strict sanitation measures, we were able to complete this important training whilst absolutely minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The first aid component of the course was centred around Emergency First Response principles, training attendees on emergency primary care/CPR, secondary care/first aid, and children’s health and first aid. The course combined different learning approaches, practical, and written examinations, with every attendee demonstrating they had learned the full theoretical knowledge and practical skills being taught: all 20 educators met the full requirements to become qualified emergency responders, thus passing the course and earning a formal certification.

As well as ensuring that hundreds of local female students had access to appropriate sanitary products during the lockdown, with the help of our donors, we have been able to train 20 teachers and educators to provide critical first aid and medical care to the thousands of children who returned to school in Kokrobite in January 2021. The impact this has on the ability of schools and the wider community to provide illness and injury care to children cannot be over-exaggerated: 4 of our partner schools have transitioned from having zero first aid trained teachers to having at least 4 formally qualified first aiders on-duty at any one time. 

The success of this collaborative project has resulted in our team seeking funding to expand this training program to focus on women/mothers from the community, in order to train them in adult, family and children’s first aid. In 2021, our team is aiming to train at least 50 women in essential injury and illness responses, thus extending the medical care that the children of Kokrobite can receive from the classroom to the home. 

 We would therefore like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that helped us launch these projects!

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GVI Charitable Programs

Location: The Woodlands, TX - USA
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Stephanie toe Water
The Woodlands, TX United States
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