2016
2014

2015 Grants

 
Schools Networking and Girls’ Empowerment Program, Uganda

In 2015, we are again working with The Aids Orphans Rescue Program, building on the Rural Education Centre (REC) project that we have resourced in 2013 and 2014. Teachers trained at the REC with help other teachers in eight schools to become computer literate, networking the schools and the REC, which will also act as a resources hub for these schools and teachers.

The first project will be to compile a data base of girls at risk of dropping out of school due to child marriage, rape and pregnancy, or abuse, that have been identified as major causes for girls dropping out from school in rural areas. Mother’s groups will be established to mentor girls and report abuse, which TAORP will report to Police.

 

The specific goals of the projects are:

  • To build a sustainable communication platform for consultation and collaboration between in rural teachers and our empowerment program to enhance flow skills and information required to maintain high performance of teachers in hard to reach communities.

  • To build the capacity of partner schools to collect data and communicate important information in regard to incidences of dropouts and abuse against rights in our target communities.

  • To reduce vulnerability of girls against abuse perpetrated by poor traditional customs and beliefs and reduce rate of drop of girls from schools

  • To create a sustainable communication system that can offer immediate responses against violence of girl’s rights to education. Through community education and the mothers’ groups, we can expect to reach 12,000-15,000 girls in the region. In tandem with this program, TAORP will conduct family and sexual health education programs (with funding from a family health education program), in these schools and the general community. This is aimed at sensitising and creating awareness among young schoolgirls and families to protect girls against early marriages and abuse leading to unwanted pregnancies. These have been the major causes of school dropout in Jinja province. IMPACT reports for this year’s grants available in 2016.

 
Computer Literacy Program for Girls, India

This is our fourth partnership with El Shaddai Ministries Trust, and we are delighted that the senior secondary school girls and young unemployed women under twenty-five, who have completed Year 12, will add computer literacy to their skill set.Your donations will provide a computer lab and experienced teachers for the program, which will see one hundred girls qualify this year.

 

The immediate goals are to provide girls with:

  • An empowering skill that opens new economic options

  • Greater access to information and the capacity to expand their cultural horizons

 

The long-term goals for Dalit girls are:

  • Improved economic status

  • The minimisation of child marriage

  • Helping to build social capital

  • Helping to build sustainable, self-sufficient communities that are not dependent on large land owners to provide underpaid agricultural labouring jobs

  • Empowered young women capable of becoming productive citizens 

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Empowerment and Community Education, Tanzania

This is our first partnership with The Women and Youth Development Society in Tanzania. Your donations will go to a program designed to promote girls’ rights with respect to girls’ care and provide them with:

  • Education about their reproductive health, the risks surrounding HIV/AIDS, illegal child marriage and teenage childbirth

  • Life skills to make informed decisions

  • Better Education and Community Education TWDYS ran a pilot for this program called Sasa Naweza (Now I Can!) in 2014 with excellent outcomes, given the limited resources. The child above was one of the program participants. In 2015, a program will be run in the two Dar-es-Salaam school regions that have the highest drop out rate of school girls due to illegal child marriage, abuse, and premature death due to teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.

 

The short-term goals are:

  • Reducing the drop out rate of primary school girls

  • Teach girls about the dangersof HIV/AIDS infection and child/teen pregnancy

  • Contribute to changes of community values around girls’ education

 

The long-term outcomes will be:

  • Girls will finish secondary school

  • Minimisation of the spread of HIV/AIDS Girls’ participation in, andownership of, the development agenda

  • Communities that cherish the human development of both genders through work, creativity, innovativeness, ingenuity and community spirit

  • Women equipped with the requisite knowledge to solve society’s problems andability to produce quantities of quality products towards sustainable development

 
The Rural Education For Action Development Society (READS)

India, will provide 90 year 7-10 students with all the requisites they require to attend school, thus overcoming one barrier to the girls’ education.

It is difficult for girls to achieve in school when they don’t have the proper reference material. Then their poor showing is taken as confirmation that girls aren’t worth educating.This perpetuates the poverty cycle and the gender discrimination that together cost so many girls and women their lives though child labour, child marriage, high maternal and infant  mortality rates and the virulence of endemic HIV/AIDS.

Support for the girls and their families will underline the importance of educating daughters and will also empower girls to marry later, access health information, and be eligible for better paid work.

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