The Girl Impact
The Girl Impact is a collaborative project between volunteer organization African Impact and The Happy Africa Foundation, an NGO based in South Africa. Our goal is to support and educate young girls to help them make more informed decisions as they move towards womanhood.
Drawing from the years of development experience that both organizations have in Africa, volunteer projects were set up in three amazing locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Livingstone, Zambia; and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. These three gender equality volunteer projects aid in the development and education of girls between the ages of 11 and 18; a crucial time when a girl’s future potential and opportunities can flourish through education, learning skills and social support, or be stunted and stifled by the irreversible effects of child marriage, early pregnancy, HIV and other preventable hardships.
The project began by carrying out grass-root assessments within each community in order to understand the individual needs and challenges facing girls in that region.To tackle these issues, we decided to focus on six key areas that provide a framework for our initiatives on the ground and refer to these as our ‘6 Pillars’.