2011, a year to empower our girls

Gifty Pearl Correspondent
Posted January 29, 2011 from Ghana
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Dear Mentors When we announced that community members should join hands in mentoring girls on our Train-Coach-Mentor Project , we had an amazing response from you. Currently we are Fifty seven in this group and many more are joining each day. The truth is we have more mentors than girls to be mentored. This challenged us to extend our project to girls in Ghana, Nepal and Zambia.

In all we have 55 girls and 20 boys in the three countries who are participating and benefitting from our empowerment trainings since October 2010. Out of this number only 10 girls have been paired with their mentors against 57 mentors.

Our major challenge is lack of internet access to the internet which we are working around the clock to get a computer connected to an internet for the girls in their communities to connect with their mentors on line. Again we have 20 girls who are visually impaired and many more girls live in remote areas where post office is a luxury.

A new year, a new challenge and opportunity Kareen Udoh brings a good suggestion ‘it will be interesting and more impacting if we can be hosting this programme in countries; that is using our various NGOs in each country’. We think this is a good suggestion and wanted to challenge you to give the opportunity to girls in your community to participate this project by hosting it in your communities as well.

What a host NGOs or communities or individuals will be doing 1) Select 3-5 or more girls. 2) Meeting/training Girls. 3) Pairing girls with mentors. What do you think Mentors? Is this something we can do? Do you have any ideas you want to share with us?

The Greight Team Sunita Basnet, Dando Mweeta & Gifty Abenaab

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Thais Moraes
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 30, 2011

Hey!

I think it would be amazing to replicate the project in Brazil. I give total support to it. I think that access to internet there is relatively easy as there are many internet cafe that offer internet for very low prices. The problem is that we would not be able to match the girls with mentors from English speaking countries, as we speak Portuguese in Brazil. But maybe I could find mentors in Brazil too - and in other Portuguese speaking countries.

What do you think?

Cheers.

Gifty Pearl Correspondent
Feb 01, 2011
Feb 01, 2011

Hi Thais, We are excited you would like to support girls in your community by hosting this project. Your idea of local mentor connection is great and it will work better since I am not sure we have mentors in this group who can speak Portuguese. The girls will also be able to have a physical touch with their mentors.

We will send you more information as how you can get started. Can't wait to hear about you empowering girls in Brazil!

Best

warona
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 30, 2011

Dear Gifty,

What you are doing there is toatly amazing.Girl empowerment is all every socity must do to enhance their way of living.Just like the saying goes,spare the rod spoil the child.So if really we want to win we ought to deal with girl child as you have already started over there.Hosting this project in my community will be all that i wanted all the time.Anyway i just hope things will work out.

Thank you Gal fo supporting our communities

All the best

Warona

Gifty Pearl Correspondent
Feb 01, 2011
Feb 01, 2011

Hi Warona! How wonderful that you are ready to empower girls in your community by hosting the project. Yes, together we can make it work. We will send you more information on kicking it off in Botswana. Yay!

warona
Feb 01, 2011
Feb 01, 2011

Thats my gal!

Wow thank you Gifty,i really want to see that.I believe thats the moment to take over and seize every diturbing and oppressing issue in my community.Thank you Gifty for helping our girls in Botswana.They say when one tomato is rotten and makes the rest to rot.So i believe once we launch this,the few girls we will start with shall be a great influence in the community.

Thanking you in advance as you shall be sourcing out the information.

May God sustain and help us.

Warona

Shwe Hmon
Feb 01, 2011
Feb 01, 2011

Dear the Greight Team,

What you have been doing is an awesome and your idea is also great. It's my passion to host that project in my work. Here, however, we also have some challenges like you such as the availability of internet connection in rural areas and there, not many people can communicate in English. Out of those, how can I participate as I am living in a big city and have many connections with organizations and projects for girls and woman? If you could kindly instruct possible ways, the organization I am working for even may help you.

Best regards, Insha Allah

Gifty Pearl Correspondent
Feb 01, 2011
Feb 01, 2011

Hi Insha Allah, We would love to know more about the organization you work for. As many of your target girls cannot speak English, maybe local connections could work better in your community. There might be people in your community who are willing and able to support girls in building their self-confidence, encouraging and motivating them to be change makers in your community. What do you think?

We look forward to knowing more about your organisation and empowering girls together Best

Shwe Hmon
Feb 03, 2011
Feb 03, 2011

Dear Gifty,

Our organizations is currently working on providing psychosocial support and capacity building trainings to community social workers, doctors, teachers, youths and PLHAs. We also work on outreach activities such as drawing contest for children, dooor-to-door elderly care, sharing circle for PLHA women.

Although we are not directly focusing on girl empowerment, I have some friends who are working for girl empowerment organizations.

So based on your idea, we can collaborate.

I would like to hear some more inputs form you.

Best regards, Insha Allah

Gifty Pearl Correspondent
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 22, 2011

Hi Insha Allah, We will be happy to collaborate. We will email you guidelines.

In appreciation

banjalyz
Feb 01, 2011
Feb 01, 2011

The idea is definitely laudable couldn't have happened at a much better time. There is no greater joy to one than being able to nurture and develop another towards not only building there knowledge but there life skills.

Kindly provide any further ways that would be of assistance towards the achievement of this noble initiative.

Warm Regards,

Lynda Banja

Gifty Pearl Correspondent
Feb 01, 2011
Feb 01, 2011

Hi Lynda! I love this Kenyan quote 'I am because you are, you are because ...and we are are because....' could you complete it for me? We are excited you would love to be part of this. The thought of girls in your community commencing the journey of empowerment for life and bringing being change makers is empowering in itself. We will send you more information soon.

Best

Frederica Gibson
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 03, 2011

Gifty, I send you my email address and contact number, and was hoping to here from you. you didn't! someone manage to hack into my box, therefor i have not been able to received mail.or to send mail out.To empower our future leaders is a good step to a positive moved. I will be willing to give a helping hands.Let me here from you, good work done to you and the rest, Frederica,

Gifty Pearl Correspondent
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 04, 2011

We are sorry you did not receive any of our emails. We will email you there.

Thanks for getting in touch again and ready to support us.

In appreciation

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 09, 2011

My greetings Gifty and the entire Team of Girl Mentor. This is quite a rich and inspiring initiative. I believe with this approach, the girl child will be more aware of her rights and become very assertive in taking up leadership positions. This is my dream about the future generation of women rights advocates, feminist movement etc.

As a result of this, I came up with the Women under 30 program. W30 seek to promote the culture of mentoring among African women under 30. It also identifies Women under 30 who are incredibly impacting their communities. more about this is seen on www.zoneziwohshow.com/womenunder30

I believe this is a great platform for both of us to reach out to the girls. I will like to know how the participants of W30 could benefit for your rich mentoring sessions and vice. Let me know what you think about this -

Thanks

Gifty Pearl Correspondent
May 10, 2011
May 10, 2011

Hello, My deepest apology for reply this message late. I am humbled by your initiative to. We have to honor and empower women under 30. I am sending you a private message on how we can work together

Cali gal Michelle
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011

Hi- I am new to the Wire and this group peaked my interest. Is it still going? I see the last post was in April?

Peace- M.

Gifty Pearl Correspondent
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 13, 2011

Hi Michelle, 'Akwaaba' means welcome in 'Twi' one of the largest local languages in Ghana. So I warmly welcome you to Pulsewire and the Girl Mentor Group. Yes the programme is still running and we have more updates on our website:

http://www.greightfoundation.blogspot.com/

We have opportunity for you to mentor a girl from Kenya or Nepal so please let me know if you are interested in this. If you will be interested we will need you to send us your Full name Nationality/Country Email address Postal address to greightfoundation@gmail.comIn appreciation