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.Read 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 and duties around the home often causes girls to abandon their schooling.Read 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.Read More
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 enterRead More
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Our newest Girl Impact partner has volunteers in a tizz! Every Tuesday volunteers return from their morning session with Quirky 30 with smiles on faces, chatting a million miles an hour about how inspiring the participants were, how much they learned and how they can’t wait for next Tuesday. Quirky 30 is definitely an amazingRead More
One of the most valuable and memorable experiences a student can have in their lifetime is the opportunity to meet an inspirational figure.Read More