A friend introduced me to a Girl called Africa and their founder, Brenda. Although it’s a young organisation, I decided to contribute as I have a mission admiration for Brenda’s passion and I think the gap she’s trying to fill in a world that is full of abuse, is essential.
Girl Called Africa is all about healing the nation through hope, love and compassion, as is there tag line.
Brenda Meyer, the founder, is an abuse survivor, and when she got the chance to make a change in her life, she knew she had to try to make a difference in those affected by abuse.
Brenda had this to say, “As a single mother I realised that change starts with me; and that I should take my personal experience to teach the youth and create a better South Africa for my daughter and others. If I can save just 1 life every day, my job is done! “
Girl Called Africa focuses primarily on preventative education with the view to stopping the cycle of abuse and also to improve the chances of employability and how life choices are made.
"Our NPO operates at an optimal level with the outcome of our initiatives not only focussing on personal safety and wellness but also increasing the corporate bottom-line by improving morale, attendance and productivity."
Their aim is to reach 12 000 township children by the end of 2019, and they will endeavour to do this by reaching out to corporates for funding, through their social media platforms and by collaborative efforts with youth leaders within communities and organisations.
Their demographic reach covers these school regions:
Eden Central and Karoo
They will offer the following services to teens ages 13 - 19 and women in various working environments:
1. ESUBA Workshops - turning Abuse around through education. A 2-hour workshop including pre and post-workshop surveys and reporting thereof
2. #ichooseme pledge - during workshops, teens will be offered the opportunity to make a pledge to themselves to make improved life choices, say no to abuse and uplift themselves and their peers
3. Employability workshops to reduce unemployment and equip school leavers with the necessary CV, interview skills and preparation for the recruitment process. A 2-hour workshop
4. Developing young leaders opposing abuse (YLAA) through leader camps and ongoing strategic implementation of the programme in schools
5. Ongoing education through various social media channels
Should you wish to get involved, you can reach Brenda here - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org