Vision: All girls will stay in school
Girls around the world, without pads use rags, mattress stuffing, banana leaves, feathers to manage their menstruation. Menstruation is perhaps one of the most regular individual female experiences, but in sub-Saharan Africa, the experience influences general society negatively due to the absence of products required by women and girls to cope with menstrual flow. Affordable and hygienic sanitary protection is not available to many women and girls in Africa, which has serious public health consequences. In sub-Saharan Africa, millions of girls, in particular, that reach the age of puberty are highly dis-empowered due to the lack of access to sanitary wear. Many of the girls from poor families cannot afford to buy sanitary pads. Hence, they resort to the use of unhygienic rags and cloths which puts them at the risk of infections. Alternatively, young girls are forced to skip school during the time they experience monthly periods to avoid both the cost of pads or use of cloths. In some tribes in Nigeria, and per cultural practices, girls are made to use and reuses cloths for fear of rituals and witchcraft if used pad is discarded poorly. AG’s vision for the personal Health club is to:
- Make sure every girl/woman has access to quality sustainable hygiene and health education by 2025
- Provide sustainable hygiene solutions and
- Educate girls on staying in school
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In Africa, almost every child will grow without a mentor. Research has shown that positive mentoring relationships have a very strong positive effect on young people in a variety of academic, personal and professional situations. AG connects young girls to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Unfortunately, almost every child in Africa, especially the girl child will grow up without this opportunity. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees:
- Increase school graduation rates
- Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
- Better attitude about school
- Higher aspirations
- Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improve interpersonal skills
Education: According to a study by Big Brother Big Sister, students who receive mentorship guidance are less likely to skip school and classes. The mentoring effect (2015), states that young adults who face an opportunity gap are more likely to be enrolled in college that those who did not have a mentor.
Career: A 2015 study, Mentoring: At the crossroads of education, business and community estimate that the human potential lost as a result of the educational achievement gap is the economic equivalent of a permanent recession. The article also states that by preparing young people for college and careers, mentoring help develops the future workplace talent pipeline.
Girls in our program are matched with a selected mentor based on their needs. Become a mentor and help a girl realize these host of benefits.
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The Dream Academy program encourages young people to dream big. It Encourages kids to take their imagination and run with it and to take advantage of culture, science, business, healthcare, and politics. It challenges young people to open up their minds and think incredible things that will help them succeed. The Dream Academy program invites secondary and high school students from the different background on a two weeks’ retreat, where they get to explore their talents and potentials and meet with motivational speakers, scientist, celebrities and build their career and professional lives.
A lot of progress has been done to enliven women’s life in Africa, however, more still needs to be done to target cultural economic and health burdens. At AG we believe that gender equality is fundamental in achieving rights and dignity for all. Women and girls turn to be vulnerable to structural issues that increase their risk of domestic violence, education and employment disparities, commercial sex work, early child marriages, female circumcision and breast ironing. AG is committed to supporting the empowerment of girls and addressing gender barriers where they live, work and raise families.
Our new life club works with communities, cities and nations to do the following:
- We are Working to end Sex Work
- We are working to end gender-based violence
- We are working to end early child marriages
- We are working to end female circumcision
- We are working to end breast ironing
Sex Work: The New Life Club channels in opportunities were sex workers have a chance to pursue an education and learn lifelong skills. FSW faced gender-based violence and are at high-risk of HIV/STDs. AG is committed to championing an infrastructure that will that rehabilitate sex workers.
Gender-based violence: Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive but yet very little or nothing is being done to prevent it in most African countries. According to care international, as many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way mostly by someone she knows. AG is concerned and plans to end such pervasive, and often such deadly acts of violence.
Early child marriages: Child marriage is a human rights violation that puts young girls at risk and prevents them from maximizing their full potentials if they were given a chance to education and career development. Out of 26 countries where child marriage eclipse girl’s education, 24 of those countries are found in Africa. According to Care International, 142 million girls will be married by 2020, 1 in 9 girls is forced into marriage before her 15th birthday, and almost 39,000 girls become child brides every single day and are often married to much older men. Please join AG in helping bring an end to human rights violation and end child marriage. Let’s educate communities about the ills of child marriages and also empower young girls by providing them with one of the basic necessity of life, EDUCATION
Female Circumcision: According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia and the procedure are usually carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15. There are no health benefits to FGM and its complications include infections, pain, the risk of childbirth complications etc. AG has launched a campaign to educate both women and men on the risk of FGM
Breast Ironing: According to the UN, up to 3.8 million girls are affected worldwide and highly prevalent in Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Togo, and Benin. According to the US state department, 1 in 4 girls in Cameroon are affected by breast ironing/flattening and it is being practiced in more than 200 ethnic groups. The purpose of breast ironing (girls breast are pounded and burned with heated objects) is to prevent the breast from growing and hide puberty signs to make girls less attractive to men. Breast ironing can cause tissue damage, deformities and psychological problems. AG has launched a campaign to educate mothers that sex education, not breast ironing is the solution to ending early sexual debut.
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Unemployment Rate Among Youths and Graduates
The rate of youth unemployment in the world is growing in leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, the African continent has shown an unprecedented rate of youth unemployment. According to the ILO, about 73 million youths worldwide are looking for work. Developing countries bear the brunt of this unemployment rates. High unemployment rates these countries and most, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, is credited to high rates of illiteracy and lack of skills thus contributing little or nothing to economic growth and social life. Due to high unemployment rates among youths, migration to developed countries has left the African continent desperate and in need of skilled labor. The rate of youth migration in developing countries is rampant thus leaving a country with an older population that relies mostly on agriculture for economic sustainability.
AG empowers youths from all ages with the tools to respectively identify their career path and develop skills and abilities to work in a resource-limited community. This will provide them with valuable experience which will be an essential increment for landing that first job after school.
Community Involvement/Volunteerism/Internships opportunities.
Community involvement or volunteerism is very uncommon for most African youths. Youths don’t have opportunities to participate in community development programs because the opportunities are not available or are very limited. AG provides and/or facilitate the process of getting youths involved where/when there are opportunities. The goal of AG is to engage students at the primary, secondary, high school and university level in community efforts that will not only build their communities but also prepare them for their future career goals.
Career Development (Mock Interviews, Resume building, career fairs and workshops, career assessment)
Most university students in most African countries graduate without the skills to construct a professional resume or sit for a successful interview. Based on a small survey administered by Path, only 2 university graduates out of 13 had an idea of how resumes can be structured. AG provides students the tools to construct a professional resume and also the skills to successfully complete an interview and land a good job. AG partners with Organizations both for-profit and not-for-profit to organize career fairs and career assessment to assist recent graduates to apply for open jobs or positions.