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

“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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“While you’re busy helping to change their lives, they’ll change yours”

“While you’re busy helping to change their lives, they’ll change yours”

Much more can and needs to be done to reach the goal of gender equality in the hole world. I believe every little bit helps and it starts with education, that is why I came to Zambia in 2016 and to Tanzania in 2017.

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How The Girl Impact Rugby Team Inspired Benjamin

How The Girl Impact Rugby Team Inspired Benjamin

Let me introduce myself. My name is Benjamin, an engineering student, and I’m here in Livingstone, Zambia as a “build it” volunteer. However, I’m actually going to tell you why you should join The Girl Impact program.

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Empowering Africa’s Girls

Empowering Africa’s Girls

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.

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News and Inspiration

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
Forbes list of the World’s most powerful women for 2016

Forbes list of the World’s most powerful women for 2016

Have you ever wondered who the most powerful women in world are? Forbes had created a list which answers all the questions you have ever

Forbes list of the World’s most powerful women for 2016 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.