The Girl Impact is a collaborative project between volunteer organization African Impact and The Happy Africa Foundation, an NGO based in South Africa. Our goal is to support and educate young girls to help them make more informed decisions as they move towards womanhood.
Drawing from the years of development experience that both organizations have in Africa, volunteer projects were set up in three amazing locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Livingstone, Zambia and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
These three gender equality volunteer projects aid in the development and education of girls between the ages of 11 and 18; a crucial time when a girl’s future potential and opportunities can flourish through education, learning skills and social support, or be stunted and stifled by the irreversible effects of child marriage, early pregnancy, HIV and other preventable hardships.
The project began by carrying out grass-root assessments within each community in order to understand the individual needs and challenges facing girls in that region.
To tackle these issues, we decided to focus on six key areas that provide a framework for our initiatives on the ground and refer to these as our ‘6 Pillars’.
In post-Apartheid South Africa, girls are in real need of support. Particularly in Cape Town, issues surrounding access to and staying in education, restricted access to healthcare, high abuse rates and a patriarchal system where men hold primary authority all mean that girls are often left behind. Just over half of girls in SRead More
In Zambia, life for a young girl is hard. With over 60% of the population living below the poverty line, it’s no surprise that school dropout usually begins around the age of 13. Teenage pregnancy, menstruation, duties around the home or having to care for younger siblings, often causes girls to abandon their schooling, orRead More
Gender equality in Tanzania is relatively advanced, compared to it’s neighbouring countries. However, while there is a higher number of women in school, work and even in politics, women are still hugely under-served in rural communities and face many inequalities in their daily lives. About 14.6% of all women and girls ageRead More
The stats and stories about the lives of many adolescent girls in Africa, and around the world, is heart-wrenching: 50% of girls do not complete primary school across Africa; more than 33% of girls in South Africa have experienced sexual violence before the age of 18; and the many adolescent girls become mothers while they [&helRead More
If you missed Part 1 of our article discussing our Girl Impact project in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and the arrival of our first volunteer, check it out here! With the departure of Marina, our first Girl Impact volunteer, we welcomed the arrival of Girl Impact volunteer number two Alison. This also marked the return to a wonderfulRead More
PART 1. (Keep an eye out next week for our second instalment!) This year the world is marking 2016 as the year for Global Girls. It is the year that Goal 5 of the Global Goals is taking centre stage. Goal number 5 of the sustainable development goals is: “To achieve gender equality and empower […]Read More
Alison Vorsatz is from the USA and was the first volunteer on our new Girl Impact and Gender Empowerment Project in Zambia! She arrived full of energy and great ideas and really launched the project in style. Below is a short story Alison wrote regarding an activity she led with her group which should hopefully […]Read More
I stepped into the Linda Community School and was greeted with girls smiling ear to ear, then they quickly transitioned to run and get any desk and chair they can find to start our Girl Impact circle outside the school classrooms. They eagerly set their bags down and waited until the teachers were ready. All […]Read More