Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Why Girls Arise Initiative?

Girls Arise Initiative is a project of Bestspring Foundation which started in May 2016.  It is a mentoring program geared towards safeguarding the girl-child against all forms of abuse and giving them a voice and platform to rise above the limitation imposed on them by their community. It is to encourage and inspire them to aspire and achieve the seemingly impossible. Also, it is to raise awareness/check on issues of rape, teenage pregnancy and emergency motherhood.  More importantly, it is geared towards providing a strong and safe platform for computer literacy and digital empowerment. As at today, all the girls in the club are illiterates in computer knowledge.

The community where we operate is Ijegun, Ikotun in Alimoso Local Government Area of Lagos State. Although densely populated, Ijegun and its neighbouring communities, namely Ijeododo, Abaranje, Oke-orube, Ijagemo and Kudebu, are largely enmeshed in poverty and illiteracy, with high rate of teenage pregnancy, school drop outs, risky sexual behaviors and its attendant STDs & STIs, unemployment, human trafficking and wanton waste of human resources and talents. Due to the poverty rate, which is very high, many youths, especially girls are vulnerable.

Girls Arise Initiative therefore seeks to empower the girl-child with necessary education and life skills to enable her maximize her full potentials and defend her rights.
Our first meeting had thirteen girls in attendance and the interactive session focused on the goals and objectives of the initiative- Safegaurding the Girl-child.

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