Why Girls?

Because Empowering Girls MatterOut of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70% are girls. The Girl Impact seeks to support girls aged between 11 – 18 and give them a better start to womanhood by not only advancing their knowledge, but by ensuring the boys and men in their community see the value of healthy, educated and empowered local women. Our goal is to see young women and better informed young men, working together to close the huge gender equality gap that still exists in many African countries.

Every adolescent girl has the right to health, education and protection from violence and abuse. By ensuring this we can, in a small way, help girls achieve their potential, creating empowered women who can support their families, communities and countries.

3 Countries, 3 Towns, working directly with 226 Girls.

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’.

Volunteer Projects

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

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.

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Victoria Falls, Zambia

Victoria Falls, Zambia

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 and duties around the home often causes girls to abandon their schooling.

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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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.

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Stories

Interview Lydia Dube

Interview Lydia Dube

Did you know that one third of Zambian girls will drop out of school by age 13? Or that due to many factors including lack of sexual education, Zambian girls are more than twice as likely to contract HIV than boys? There are endless statistics to show why gender empowerment projects such as The Girl […]

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My experience working with the girl impact

My experience working with the girl impact

For the last one year and five months I have worked with The Girl Impact. It’s been so incredible and the girls are a big part of that. I really enjoy the lessons we teach them. It is always a fun time each time we meet with the girls. When we just started The Girl […]

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My experience with The Girl Impact project

My experience with The Girl Impact project

Whilst researching into different international volunteer programs I noticed that none focused on gender inequality, until I came across Girl Impact. When you hear facts such as one in three girls between the ages of 13-24 have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lives or that 1 in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa [&

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Meet Neema!

Meet Neema!

Learn more about Moshi’s New Girl Impact Staff Member, Neema Neema joined African Impact Community English class as a student in February 2017 .Since then she has volunteered on the Girl Impact project supporting workshops in Secondary Schools, successfully interviewed for 6 Rafiki Walking Tours (an income generation enter

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STAND

STAND

I stand here not for me I stand here for the unsung sheroes who do not get such platforms I stand here for the women who think they don’t deserve this platform I stand here for the girls who dream of successful platforms

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News and Inspiration

For a 600% ROI, Invest in Educating Girls

For a 600% ROI, Invest in Educating Girls

Article from The Huffington Post   March 08, 2017 As experts attest, each additional year in school delays a girl’s marriage, lowers her risk of dying

For a 600% ROI, Invest in Educating Girls June, 2017
7 barriers to girls’ education you need to know about

7 barriers to girls’ education you need to know about

The evidence that educating girls creates healthier, wealthier, fairer, and more stable communities is overwhelming—so why isn’t every girl getting a quality education? The barriers,

7 barriers to girls’ education you need to know about May, 2017
“Empowering women is good for business and profits” says Graca Machel

“Empowering women is good for business and profits” says Graca Machel

Companies should learn that it is for their own benefit to empower women and ensure that they move into leadership positions in businesses‚ the late

“Empowering women is good for business and profits” says Graca Machel May, 2017

Get Involved

The Happy Africa Foundation is a registered entity in the United Kingdom, South Africa and in Zambia. The very core of their existence is to raise funds for focal projects, in a responsible, honest way and to spend the donations they receive with equal responsibility and care. Your donation will go a long way in growing and extending our reach.

To make an impact by sharing your skill and engaging the young women on our programme through workshops and games, please click through to sign up as a volunteer for The Girl Impact Program.

If you are thinking about making an impact through working and engaging the girls on our programme, through further developing our programmes while developing your professional skills, the internship positions may be the best option for you.

We work with African Impact to offer Academic Experiences for you and your school, including Faculty led travel, academic internships, summer courses and service learning.