Through its youth center, located in Nairobi’s Mathare slums, Oasis Mathare provides a safe, social, and educational space for children of all ages to play, work on their homework, and access computers and the internet, while also offering an economic empowerment program for older youth, particularly young mothers.
Dedicated to reducing rates of incarceration and recidivism among Nairobi’s youth, YSAI works directly in prisons to develop young people’s leadership and livelihood skills, while also working with children and youth in the heart of communities – especially in slums, where the incidence of crime is high—to promote community safety and steer them away from crime.
With a focus on rural teenagers, Community Healthcare Initiative (CHI) educates girls about their sexual and reproductive rights, health and hygiene, and the harmful effects of early marriage and FGM/C, while also providing safe spaces for them to discuss issues affect them. CHI also advocates at the national level for better protections for girls across Liberia.
Dedicated to protecting the rights of teenage mothers and their children, Action Femme Enfant (AFE) promotes their economic and social inclusion through a safe house for pregnant teens; mentoring, literacy support, and vocational training for young mothers; and a comprehensive early childhood development program for their children. AFE also helps to reunite teen mothers with their families and safely reintegrate them into their communities.
Association Jeunesse Espoir (AJE) advances the rights and education of adolescent girls – especially those who live on the streets or are at high risk for human trafficking, modern-day slavery, sexual violence, or abuse – by providing them with a safe space and psychosocial support, helping to reunite them with their families, and helping them to go to school.
Dedicated to removing barriers to girls’ education in Sierra Leone, Center for Advocacy and Sustainable Empowerment (CASE SALONE) empowers girls to stay in school, realize their potential, and take on leadership positions. Working in schools and communities, CASE SALONE establishes student empowerment clubs; trains girls in leadership and public speaking; and provides girls with safe spaces and counseling services. It also operates savings initiatives to help parents invest in their children’s education.
In a community where the prevalence of FGM/C is over 90%, Children’s Forum Network – Kenema creates safe spaces for children to discuss and raise public awareness about the issues affecting their lives. A local, autonomous branch of Sierra Leone’s national children’s parliament, CFN-Kenema also organizes trainings and conferences on specific child rights issues to help young people speak out against child rights violations.
Integrated Development Program for Teenagers (IDP4T) empowers teens in Sierra Leone to have agency over their bodies and make informed life decisions. It conducts Teen Talk programs in schools, operates a helpline, and provides direct services to young survivors of violence and trafficking.
Empowering girls to stand up for their rights and dignity, Wi Gial Pekin Dem Foundation (WGF) works in schools to teach girls about sexual reproductive health and rights, educate them about menstrual hygiene and management, and provide them with sanitary pads. The organization also uses its extensive community relationships to rescue girls who are at risk of FGM/C, trafficking, or abuse, and provides mentorship to out-of-school girls, especially those who have left school due to unplanned pregnancies.
Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (WAVES) develops the capacity of girls in Bo, Sierra Leone, both in and out of school, to speak out against sexual and gender-based violence, advocate for sexual and reproductive rights, and become agents of change in their communities. The organization also conducts extensive community outreach and advocates for policy change to benefit girls and women.
Working with girls and young women between the ages of 18 and 28 from underserved communities, 18twenty8 promotes their educational and personal development, encouraging them to pursue higher education and empowering them through life skills workshops, mentoring, career guidance, and financial assistance.
Jelly Beanz Inc. (JBI) promotes child protection and safety through direct services for sexually abused children and those who have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect, offering in-depth individual and group counseling, as well as life skills training on such topics as HIV/AIDS prevention and management, how to report abuse, and career opportunities.
Founded by an award-winning South African filmmaker, Nayanaya Trust empowers young people – particularly young women – to tell their stories, develop career skills, and drive social change through the power of filmmaking.
In the township of Tembisa, where 95% of the population is low-income, Xtreme Youth Projects offers a range of programs to empower children and youth, including life skills development, an entrepreneurship program, and performing arts activities that break down stereotypes, encourage positive self-image, and nurture young talent.
Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.
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