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 are almost still a child themselves. It has been shown in other countries that women are a vital part of the solution to ensure improvements and growth. African women and girls offer so much untapped potential to drive the development of Africa.
African Impact wants to make life better for girls and young women. Better opportunities for education, safety, building self-confidence, and having better knowledge on how to prevent early pregnancy. These, along with other areas of focus, can create empowered young women and lead to families and communities moving out of poverty.
There are some great organisations around the world improving the lives of girls and it’s becoming a big focus for our generation. African Impact and The African Impact Foundation are shaping a new initiative focussing on how volunteers and funding can create better opportunities for girls as they become young women. The focus is not just on girls as it’s important that the boys and men in the communities see how women are an essential part of progress in Africa.
So in the months to come, we would like to invite volunteers to join us in helping girls have a better future. Through activities like education workshops, maternal health discussions, sport sessions, self-defence lessons, support groups, or learning from community mentors, volunteers will play an important a part of this. It’s in early days but we are already starting a program with the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and working on puberty workshops in Livingstone and Cape Town with many more valuable partnerships and activities to come.
We will be looking for funding to help us keep girls in school, support community mentors, get great local people involved in the program, and provide the resources to educate and coach girls.
Keep in touch so we can keep you posted about the progress of this program and how you can play a part!