Jul 22, 2021

UPDATE: Women's Empowerment for over 1,000 Girls and Women

A wealth of workshops to educate women and girls 


We thank our donors for their support of women and girls around the world.


Michele Obama once said,  "When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous."    We strive to provide opportunities for women and girls to develop skills and knowledge as individuals and as a community. 


 Our programmes support workshops and other learning opportunities. We ensure workshops meet the desired needs of the community and that wherever possible, we utilize the skills and knowledge of the community.


Workshops aim to address day-to-day needs as well as helping with employment prospects.   Recently in Ghana, for example, sixteen women have been trained in basic first aid. First Aid certification is not only an asset in managing illness and injury in day-to-day life. The certification also increases employability.  First Aid skills are a strong point on any CV.  Consider the bigger picture.  The more people trained in First Aid, the greater the chance an illness or injury is managed effectively - the community benefits.  


Education is family-friendly too. In  Fiji, door-to-door education with local nurses has been an effective way of reaching families with vital health information about local issues. Workshops and information brochures have also been a way to inform families of important health information. Once pandemic restrictions have eased, this approach can be back on the agenda.  Another example of family education is in Ghana.   Family workshops addressing malaria provide practical advice for families. 


In  Cimorrones, Costa Rica,  we have been able to support women and girls with English lessons.  English skills can lead to employment opportunities as well as access to further education opportunities.   The learning environment also helps women to build a support network of fellow learners. 


As well as English lessons, our Cimorrones project aims to develop computer literacy.  A  skill set that includes computer literacy skills empowers females to operate in today’s world.  It opens the door to employment, self-learning, and access to a breadth of information.


We are excited about the next steps in Cimorrones.  Women are keen to learn more about business. Our project there is working towards business skills development.  The plan is for women to develop the skills and understandings to develop business plans. The women’s knowledge of their community needs, combined with business skills, is a good recipe for progress.

Education in  English, business, computing, and healthcare can have an ongoing impact on individuals and their families. Women and girls can develop skills to make a difference in their lives. Your donations go a long way to making these projects happen.


We appreciate your ongoing support and wish you continued good health and wellbeing.

Jul 7, 2021

Quarter 2 Update: Gender Equality & Health Empowerment in Ghana

Since our last report to GlobalGiving, our partner network's important work in women’s’ empowerment and health has gathered considerable momentum. In the community of Kokrobite in Ghana, we have expanded our projects in menstrual health education and the distribution of sanitary products to female students, trained more local women in first-aid, wellness and hygiene, and developed a more diverse curriculum of workshops and events supporting community sanitation and hygiene.

As our donors and supporters will be aware, GVI Ghana runs a program of menstrual health education and distribution of sanitary products for female students at our local partner schools in Kokrobite. The program allows for all girls of 11 years plus to participate in educational workshops to discuss reproductive and menstrual health and to be offered advice and guidance on safe and hygienic good practice. In addition, each school is provided with sanitary pads, sanitized wipes and other resources to distribute to female students as and when they experience their monthly reproductive cycles. During the last quarter, this program has been extended to several new partner schools and hundreds of new female students, with over 2000 sanitary products distributed free of charge. The educational component of the program has broadened, to include for body confidence, mental health awareness and a greater understanding of female health. This year, we are seeking new sponsors and donors to support the exponential growth of this high-impact local project to new schools and new students.
In June, GVI Ghana began a formal partnership with the Ghana Girl Guides Association, positioning GVI as a project implementation partner for Girl Guides activities in up to 20 schools in our local area. GVI will be central in delivering educational workshops and activities focused on female health, menstrual health, teenage pregnancy, consent and women’s rights, and life skills such as communication, fitness, and first aid. GVI Ghana is seeking support and sponsorship to provide a wide variety of educational materials to support this program, with an estimated, potential 1000+ local female Ghanaian school students to benefit from this program for the first time.
In order to continue supporting our local partner schools to safely re-open following the pandemic, GVI Ghana has also worked with a variety of education partners to deliver training to both teachers and students in sanitisation techniques, first-aid, hygiene protocols and the protection of the natural and human habitats at a local level. We have increased the number of parter schools within this program from 3 to 6, allowing us to reach dozens more teachers and approximately 300 new students. In addition, multiple community events have been completed by GVI, utilising hundreds of community members and partner organisations, focusing on the collection of litter, the planting of trees, and the dissemination of malaria nets and health insurance to local families.
In-line with our focus on the health of women, girls and the community, GVI Ghana has - this quarter - significantly increased its scope of projects, number of partners, and investment in local resources and activities in Kokrobite. This growth can continue, and the required relationships with community actors are in-place to do so, but to be successful GVI Ghana requires a steady stream of donations and charitable income.
The success of our projects will improve the immediate health and heath education of female students, train community leaders and women in first aid, rights and equality, introduce ongoing processes to maintain a hygienic standard in schools and a clean environment in the community, and provide critical medical care to hundreds of children and families. 
The GVI Ghana team would therefore like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that helped us launch these projects, and provide an invitation for all those who would like to be involved in future. 
Jun 29, 2021

Quarter 2 Update:

The importance of early childhood development is gaining prominence in Fiji, which offers opportunities to develop the programme in line with emerging Government initiatives. Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, noted that the inclusion of early childhood development in the SDGs obliges Fijian Government to ensure that the youngest citizens get the best start in life, and the government has consistently invested a large part of the national budget in the education sector.


It has been highlighted that access to Early childhood education (ECE) can provide children who have been marginalized by poverty, ethnicity, disability, location or gender, the means to engage in academics and achieve better for the future.


One part of our early childhood development project is an introduction to early childhood development  to provide caregivers /community members with information on developmental milestones .The workshops focus on the importance of parental involvement in early childhood development in relation to the development of language and communication skills; motor skills; collaboration; and problem-solving.


Key Aspects of Effective Learning:


  • Playing and exploring - Promotes engagement: Finding out & exploring,playing with what they know,being willing to try.
  • Active learning - Promotes motivation:Being involved & concentrating,resilience in trying,enjoying achieving what they set out to do.
  • Creating and thinking critically - Promotes cognitive thinking:Having their own ideas,choosing ways to do things,making links .

It also covers the benefits of good nutrition on early development. 


The workshops  complement and build upon established workshops delivered by volunteers on the Community Project at the local Mothers and Babies clinic. 


The main goal is capability building with care-givers that shares ideas on productive play and involvement with children, including creating activities and making toys that promote cognitive development and encourages the continuation of learning and family bonding at home. We are looking forward to getting this part of the project up alongside the “Learning Through Play” projects in the communities of Nasinu , Silana and Nataleira villages .


Our ongoing efforts have been bolstered by your generous support and we are deeply grateful for your contribution. 

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