“The true worth of a nation must be measured by the empowerment of its girls” Betty Makoni, Founder and CEO- Girl Child Network Worldwide
We have created 3 programs that are unique to GCN Uganda in order to support girls to become empowered community members and citizens. These programs are run through the Girl Child Network Empowerment Club model with the end goal of supporting girls’ confidence, knowledge, and abilities to be leaders and advocates.
GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT CLUBS
Empowerment Clubs are the backbone for all our programs at GCN. Through these clubs, girls plan and implement activities that promote their own interests. Girls launch Empowerment Clubs and work with GCN staff to create a schedule based on our recommended activities for the first few months. Next, girls are free to create their own schedules, focusing on whatever knowledge interests them, from counseling to financial trainings to arts and crafts. Our impact is magnified with each new club launched!
GIRLS AT RISK SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Girls At Risk Program is designed to offer relief and support services to girls who have experienced emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. We provide individual and group counseling, emergency planning, and information and referral services to girls who have experienced defilement, atrocities during the war in northern Uganda, physical violence, sexual assault, and torture. Our staff is trained to support girls who have experienced abuse, as well as helping girls at risk of abuse to find safe alternatives. In situations where survivors need specialized services to secure healing and justice, we make referrals to our partners in the legal and medical field. The Girls At Risk Program currently gives hope and rehabilitation to more than 1,000 girls around the country – and counting!
As the name suggests, this program provides girls with an opportunity to make their earning dreams a reality. GCN has partnered with several organizations, including BRAC, CARE International and Barclays Bank to develop financial management training curricula that are relevant and successful when working with vulnerable girls. At GCN, we know that financial independence is a key achievement for girls who want to access educations and brighter futures. To date, more than 300 girls have received Opportunity Program training, and many of them are running their own successful small businesses.
THE WOMEN ROLE MODELS PROGRAM (WRM)
The WRM Program combines concepts of corporate social responsibility, community service, and youth empowerment by focusing on engaging women leaders to give back to youth through the investment of intellectual and financial resources. At GCN, we understand that role models are key motivators for progress. As such, we regularly seek out successful women with motivating and instructive backgrounds to bring them to various girls clubs, where they share their experiences, offer support, and inspire and encourage ambitious girls.