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

Inspirational Women bringing hope to our girls

Inspirational Women bringing hope to our girls

One of the most valuable and memorable experiences a student can have in their lifetime is the opportunity to meet an inspirational figure.

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Playing our part for the empowerment of young people, and the future of our country

Playing our part for the empowerment of young people, and the future of our country

Girl Impact programme focuses on empowering young people in and around Cape Town. As the newly appointed Project Development Coordinator, this is something I am passionate about.

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Reveal – Self Confidence Portraits – The Reactions

Reveal – Self Confidence Portraits – The Reactions

After working with the children on identifying positive role models, how to speak up and feel confident in themselves, we teemed with Penda Trust and incredible photographer Sarah Isaacs to SHOW the children how strong they are.

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“Even though I barely knew these women, there was a strong sense of sisterhood”

“Even though I barely knew these women, there was a strong sense of sisterhood”

What I took away most from that day was that even though I barely knew these women, there was a strong sense of sisterhood. They were enthusiastic and keen to learn. I’m not sure if they know it, but those lovely ladies left a huge impact on my life - probably more so than I did on theirs.

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The Girl Impact – an opportunity to re-establish a nation in trouble.

The Girl Impact – an opportunity to re-establish a nation in trouble.

The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could. – unknown Who was it in your world that told you that you could be anything, that you could reach for the stars and you were great enough to be able to catch them?

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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
Kakenya Ntaiya: The girl who demanded school- TEDtalk

Kakenya Ntaiya: The girl who demanded school- TEDtalk

As you read through our site, the inspiration for supporting girls through womanhood is really what we hope our great impact will be. Looking at this video,

Kakenya Ntaiya: The girl who demanded school- TEDtalk August, 2016

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.