We Empower and Inspire one girl at a time
We randomly we pick up some stories and share with you. With social media connecting us more than before many girls drop messages to thank the organisation for transforming their lives and to share inspirational stories of what they have achieved so far.
Over the years we learnt that our work has inspired many girls in the world. Daily we reflect on our positive stories and we want you to be inspired as well. Everyday a girl comes to say thank you and to find ways of supporting other girls. Join Girl Child Alumni group on Facebook if you are a former member of beneficiary or any community based organisation that we supported to height of success. There are many joining everyday.Join Girl Child Network Worldwide Alumni group on Facebook
A poem by Betty Makoni from her book, A woman, once a girl-Breaking Silence
Girl Child Network takes legacy of empowering girls worldwide, Girls empowered by GCN are BIG WOMEN, From torn paper to laptop to email to technology to communication,From silent victims of harmful cultural practices,To international advocates for girls rights,From speechless girls, to mouthful girls, From the smoky huts to five star hotels,From the dark potholed dusty roads of remote rural areas,To lightful streets Of Oxford, New York, Harare, London,From invisible past to visible present and future,From tearful songs to songs of empowerment,From verse lesspoetry to voiceful poetry,Girls are walking in the fullness of their potential
Girls in Swaziland successfully replicated our girls empowerment model now benefiting thousands of girls in the country
Over the years we have seen an increased number of countries in Africa replicating the Girl Child Network Empowerment Model. We have volunteered to train new clubs and we have donated all our training manuals. As a charity we feel that the more girls form girls clubs like what has happened in Swaziland, the more girls we can inspire in Africa. We are happy to announce that girls empowerment work in Swaziland under SWAGGA is a big success story.
Girls in London are greatly inspired by Muzvare Betty Makoni who gives motivational speeches at the school.
We saved a life of a future and aspiring medical doctor: The story of Taremeredzwa Nomatter Mapungwana featured on UK Channel Five
When Taremeredzwa`s brother approached us he wrote in his email that we were her sister`s last hope. His sister had a tumor that had stopped her from going to school and being an all A student that meant she would not be a doctor that she wanted to be. Our team fundraised over £20 000 for her to stay in UK for 6 months and also to get two operations done. We did it and we are proud we took the challenge that gave Tare`s life back. We gave Tare a second chance to live. That is what matters to us the most.
Click right here:See us in action at the hospital
Our Royal night film transforms the world and we are determined for the world to see our actions to end violence against women and girls -Join us
We set out to launch Muzvare Betty Makoni`s book and during what we could the royal night event a title taken from Muzvare Betty Makoni`s autobiography Never Again, Not to Any woman or girl again, created a film. How ? Each woman came with a powerful story as well as solution and men of quality and equality were there to give support. To end violence against women and girls has been simplified in this film. We are so confident that the 1 hour and 50 minutes film give a very simple and presents a positive cultural practice that can be replicated round the globe. Each guest funded this film and this is yet another positive move for in our communities we can do so many things that we can support. Next the film will be shown in many places to inspire everyone who wants to see violence against women and girls end. This is just to show we can inspire and empower the world using film and other artistic ways.Also we are proud of local donors who enable us to do such projects without too much bureaucracy and restrictions. We present this as a best practice.
Young men and women start a Never again journey in Zimbabwe, New Inspired life where they want to change the world using inspirational autobiography of Betty Makoni
Girl Child Network Worldwide successfully supported launching of Never Again Royal Night in Zimbabwe which brought many young men and women to declare the end of violence against girls. For the first time some rural and marginalised young men and women were given a first of the class royal treatment to share their stories but most important to reflect on their potential. Muzvare Betty Makoni`s official autobiography was given to them. Notable amongst guest speakers was a best selling Author, Mac Kuja from USA who shared her story and visited some marginalised girls to inspire them. She left them with the energy they need to see bigger things ahead. To be honest young women are fired up to lead. Young men are determined to be men of quality and equality. This is our innovative strategy to use personal stories to transform lives. We believe young people learn faster and they embrace change faster when they see some role models. We do have the ability to forge simple partnerships like with Global Hand of Hope International and other grassroots organisations round the globe that go a long way in transforming societies. Zimbabwe young people are now on a Never again journey. They want to see violence against women and girls stop once and for all. We were successful in funding this event using local resources and so there is potential we could do more programs that are fund raised for at local level.
The inspirational story of Esther Saidi
I am now pursuing a Double Major in Economics and Accounting at University of Washington-Esther Saidi
Esther Saidi and many girls are role models for marginalised girls-They made it to the top. Daily we are helping one girl at a time in Africa to reach the top. Their stories inspire us to stay positive and achieve. We believe no one is born victim, we are all victorious. You will see that once a girl is supported to school she stands on her own. You will not see a girl who is not trying her best on this site. We empower and inspire girls: Read more about Esther Read more about what Esther says and also read her story featured in Official Autobiography of Betty Makoni .Read Esther`s story here and Excerpt from Betty Makoni`s book
Memory Bandera founded Girl Child Network Uganda
Memory Bandera is one young woman Girl Child Network Worldwide is very proud of. She took the girl child empowerment model to Uganda and now she has set up a fully fledged organisation helping many girls. Read more
Chengetayi Musarurwa now works to support children
I am speak for children because you spoke for me-Chengetai Musaraurwa speech at book launch…
Founding members of Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe in 1998 have excelled academically
Linda Bikinesi now a social worker in UK. Florence Jemwa Kandodo is graduate in social work. She formed her group on Facebook called Ladies of UK showing her great skills in community Leadership. Both of them gave speeches at Never again night when Betty Makoni launched her book. To the extreme left is their friend Patricia.
Florence is one of the National Executive members of 2006 and GCN Zimbabwe helped her and other young women to lead -Our track record of grooming young girls for leadership is paying off round the globe.
Hie Betty, so far we have talked to Florence who showed interest in the scholarship who came out with 7As and 1B at O level and now she is doing A level at Zengeza 1High and she is doing Maths, Physics and Chemistry. She is promising to come out with As in all the 3 subjects. We are also looking for Stembileand Regina ,Sarah Chinhire and Enia Hondo. We have tried their numbers but they are not reachable but we will keep on trying them. Can you please update us on what we should do.
Lisa Bonongwe from rural Rusape leads globally from age 14
I am now in the Child Jury and was Director of Ceremony at World Children`s Prize-Lisa Bonongwe
Lisa Bianca Bonongwe started her girls club at age 8 st Luke`s a rural school in Rusape. This is the first club I launched in rural areas. Leadership knows no age but ability. Today ten years down the line lets find out where Lisa and her girls are. They are right here on Facebook and have remained with educational goals .Lets bring out every girl and show them the world is bigger than a village . Actually in the small village a world can be built …Dream girls!!!!
Celebrating the achievements of Florence Mudzongo
When Florence Mudzongo`s mother died in a horrific accident in 2004, she was coming from launch of girls club. Her daughter carried her legacy and she now graduated with Masters degree in Canada and she was top student. GCNW and Defence for Children International assisted her sister in Canada who is studying towards medicine. We wish Florence Mudzongo and her sister the best and always like their mother to keep supporting the chairity. Well done girls!!!
Read the story from Defence for children International Click here
Girls Joining Police Force and other male dominated fields
I am now a police Officer and am proud of it-via Whats up and Another one too says ….My name is Sharai and former beneficiary of GCN and still wish to participate. I am now a police officer.
Muchaneta Vambe made a breakthrough into male dominated field of engineering
Muchaneta Vambe is now a graduate of engineering. She was a member of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe showing us girls can breakthrough into male dominated fields
Our support to women to transform from survivors to leaders is permanent
Betty Makoni offered a hand to Fikelephi Jackson at a time she desired to have her book, Against all odds published. Besides writing an endorsement and offering her editing skills for the first chapter of this amazing book, Betty Makoni also advised on how best she could shape her outreach program. Always GCNW team is there to support, encourage and motivate other women. We know that once one woman becomes a leader many girls will benefit. We are proud of what Fikelephi has done and we are happy she has published her book, Against All odds. We believe in networking and forming partnerships for global change with one woman and girl at a time.
Girl Child Network Staff members and volunteers empowered to study further
ID HIDDEN PERMANENTLY. I AM HAPPY TO RECEIVE FEEDBACK THAT WOMEN ARE DOING GREAT AND THAT MORE CHILDREN WILL BE HELPED IN THE WORLD. YES AM STILL ON THIS NUMBER AND MY PERSONAL EMAIL IS email@example.com
Dear Muzvare Betty
I have been trying several times to call you but without success. I wonder if you are still using this number + 44 7951522790. Just a short message to say well done on all your successes. I read and hear every step of your work. Forward ever and backwards never.
At the same time I happy to let you know that I finally completed my social work degree and graduated on the 16th of February 2013. I give praise to you for all the training during my time in Zimbabwe when I was the Area Coordinator for the Zimbabwe Girl Child Network. I now possess all the skills to advocate for the marginalized girls and women. I feel so much encouraged to walk the journey with you and break the silence as far as domestic violence and girl child abuse is concerned.
Girls are now educated and visible:Informal report backs via Betty Makoni FB inbox
As a charity we value feedback on impact of our work that is done voluntarily by people especially through social media. Please enjoy the inbox chat on success of some of our girls we have lost count on.
Zviko:Yes the Girl Child Network is alive and at work. I met by chance one of the girls that you support at the University of Zimbabwe in March 2013. I was a skeptic, but now I bow my head to you and say thank you for lifting one girl out of poverty. One girl at a time until a critical mass is achieved. Thanks Betty
Betty Makoni:I do the work not to prove anythng.i tell many girls I help never to say.just doing it when God and not people approve
Zviko: I felt moved when this girl I think her name is Chido said she was a beneficiary of the Girl Child Network. Therein my heart and soul were moved. Then I recalled the Jamaican Inn days when I used to visit from the Zimbabwe Women Resources Network to see the work you were doing. Well done Ms Betty
More stories and testimonies coming