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SUSAT GIRL CHILD TRUST: Give the Girl-Child Equal Life opportunities in Kwekwe

KWEKWE, ZimbabweKWEKWE, Zimbabwe
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Susat Girl Child Trust is a Trust operating in the republic of Zimbabwe. Our aim is to empower the Kwekwe community to know the benefit of educating and empowering the girl child so as to enhance their full participation and benefits in society.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we could educate and empower our girl child, will we not live sustainably and reap abundantly?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Total population of the Kwekwe urban and rural is estimated at 283 000 people according to the 2012 census. Of the estimated 50000 students, the girl child account for 46% despite a comparative 51% population superiority over boys. This is caused by economic and social problems result resulting in them failing to proceed in their studies. Lack of adequate infrastructure therefore constitutes violation against girls in schools.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The purpose of the project is to improve access to basic education for the girl child through supporting the enrolment and retention of girls missing out of schools in Kwekwe urban and rural district. i)To improve capacities in Kwekwe urban and rural communities to effectively respond to issues of girl child education. ii)To promote and enhance the right to education, safer and child friendly schools to attract the vulnerable children particularly the girls and orphans to stay in schools and complete the primary cycle. iii)People in Kwekwe urban and rural communities will become more aware on the need to enrol girls into schools. iv)Management structures of Kwekwe urban and rural schools will be able to handle girl child issues.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The project will bring on board educational sector stakeholders to work together on issues that will create conducive atmosphere for children in the deprived rural communities to attend and stay in school. Activities: i)Conduct community sensitization forums on girls’ non-school attendance in Kwekwe urban and rural communities. ii)Organise meetings with stakeholders in Kwekwe urban and rural communities on identifying families with girls missing out of school. iii)Hold dialogue meetings with families with girls not attending school. iv)Organise interaction forum with school community to prepare for enrollmen and integration of girls. v)Create capacity building at the district, school and community levels through projects.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Susat Girl Child Trust intends first to set up a team of resource persons to write and print material for use. Through trainings, posters, fact sheets, Susat Girl Child Trust will be able to enlighten to the parents, students, community and the society at large about the benefits of sending the girl child to school.The outcomes of the intervention will be increased enrollment of girls in primary schools and completion rate of primary cycle, Net Enrolment Ratio, Net Intake Ratio, Gross Enrollment Ratio, Gross Intake Ratio, support from teachers and parents, accessibility, gender equity, effectiveness, transition rates and overall academic performance of girls. There will also be marked reduction in terms of unwanted, pregnancy, early marriages, and absenteeism of girls during menstruation periods, sexually transmitted infections, maternal death, and reduced stigma among girls

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Susat Girl Child Trust will ensure that girl child in Kwekwe urban and rural community will create an environment where girl children who enroll for primary level are able to proceed with their education on the same level as their male counterparts. •a society which register, mobilize and engage with missing out girl children. •promote greater equality among the girl child and her peers. •greater participation of the girl child in all aspects of the interventions. •Gender will be integrated in all reports and documentation.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

•Developed a monitoring strategy to examine the progress. •Strategic alliances will be established with all stakeholders and other NGOs. •Continuous trainings to be offered. •Promote the active participation of primary stakeholders using Participatory Rural Appraisal. •The School Management and Parents will be encouraged to establish a fund through regular collection of students contributions. •Offer technical support after winding up.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Empowering the girl child is a national project supported by the Zimbabwean government. Many NGOs are focused on mitigation and work mainly with pregnant girl child and rape victims. Susat Girl Child Trust involves empowering the girl child at an earlier stage when they are school going age right upto the tertiary age. Susat Girl Child Trust perceives the other institutions with related mandates not as competitors but as partners in bringing the Susat Girl Child Trust vision and strategy further in the framework of public policy and institutional programming.

Founding Story

Mary could not believe her ears when, despite her good marks, she was advised by her parents that she could not proceed to secondary school. It was against this that Chipo Mugwiji founded a Trust in 2013 to assist the girl child to access basic social development opportunities. The founder has over four years of social service experience. The Trust operates in the thematic areas of girl child – health care, protection, education, development and human rights. It seeks to create an equitable environment for the under-privileged girl children and their communities by helping them to access facilities, create and a fair environment, build their skills and resources to reduce their vulnerability.


i) Ms Chipo Nyoni – Programme Manager. -Higher National Diploma in Purchasing - Kwekwe Polytechnic. -has over seven years’ experience in the NGO projects -routine monitoring of project ii) Mr. Arthur Mashayamombe – Project Officer. - National Diploma in Accountancy - Kwekwe Polytechnic. -15 years’ experience in the management projects. iii) Mr. Samuel Mugwiji– Accountant. - Higher National Diploma in Accountancy - Kwekwe Polytechni