A FEW WORDS ABOUT US
Girl Child Network is a community-based activist development organization that seeks to promote the rights and empowerment of the girl child in the home, school and community. We envision a society where girls are empowered and enjoy their rights with support from whole communities, so as to realize the fullness of their potential.
Our mission is to support girls through educational empowerment, prevention of child rights abuses, rehabilitation of abused girls and the promotion of girls’ talents. Today, our organization reaches thousands of girls with our programs.
DONATE AND CHANGE SOMEONE'S LIFE
GProvide school fees for 1 girl for a year $160
Provide a start-up kit for a small business $100
Provide 1 girl with a skill $50
Establish and maintain a savings and loan association (minimum 10 members) for 1 year $350
Establish and maintain an empowerment club for 1 year $400
GIRLS' EMPOWERMENT CLUBS
GCN’s work is for and by the girls. GCN’s mandate comes from the girls themselves who by joining the Girls’ Empowerment Clubs (GEC) signal their desire for GCN to lead the holistic empowerment of the girl child and to act as a voice for girls through leadership trainings, advocacy for legal access and child friendly laws and policies. We believe that the success of our programs depends on the participation of those who benefit from them. As such, we engage girls through the GECs. The more clubs we form and launch, the more girls we are able to reach. 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. We have reached over 5,000 girls through our GECs.
GIRLS AT RISK SUPPORT PROGRAM
responds to the needs of girls who have experienced sexual violence and exploitation, while simultaneously capacitating girls and their communities to value girls’ rights, prevent sexual exploitation, and support exploited girls. GCN supports and protects survivors by providing one-on-one and group counseling, as well as a referral system for emergency, medical, and legal services. This program has reached about 4,000 girls in 6 years.
provides VSLA training, start-up kits, and micro-loans to girls who have no means to earn a living. Clubs maintain 100% of the management of their VSLAs. All clubs are trained under this program to increase girls’ financial management skills. GCN has trained more than 2,000 girls and assisted many of them in their own small businesses.
WOMEN ROLE MODELS PROGRAM
mobilizes female leaders and professionals in Uganda to engage with Girl Child Network to provide mentorship, leadership trainings, and financial support to GCN Empowerment Clubs and organizational activities. The WRM Program combines concepts of corporate social responsibility and youth empowerment by focusing on engaging women leaders of businesses and other organizations to give back to youth through the investment of intellectual and financial resources. Women leaders, their businesses, and girls alike benefit from this program.