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Girls' futures in their hands: Zimbabwe & Nigeria

Our girls’ empowerment projects, reaching 8066 girls & young women in Zimbabwe & Nigeria, will build their self-esteem, enable them to take control of their sexual & reproductive health, protect them from the dangers of sex work, & inspire & support them to achieve their chosen career & life goals.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (299293)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


Multiple locations


The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerable girls in Zimbabwe & Nigeria to increased threats to their wellbeing & future. 50% of Zimbabweans have fallen into extreme poverty since 2020, resulting in girls as young as 12 turning to sex work. They often get just $1 for sex & are at high risk of contracting HIV. In Nigeria, a 149% rise in gender-based violence has particularly affected child brides- 44% girls are given in marriage before 18, giving them fewer opportunities to reach their potential


We will empower 8066 girls & young women to unlock their potential & experience positive emotional & sexual health outcomes through education & skills training. In Zimbabwe we’ll create pathways out of sex work for girls through vocational & business skills training. At-risk teen mums will be protected from sex work through an empowerment program. In Nigeria, we’ll deliver transformative relationships & sex education that champions gender equality to vulnerable girls through Kids’ & Esteem clubs

  • I learnt skills like making washing up liquid & baking, which has enabled me to make enough money to leave sex work. Now I want to go back to school & fulfil my dream to be an air hostess. I used to be very shy, but now I am confident in sharing my story to inspire other girls in similar situations.

    — Kuda*- adolescent peer educator, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

  • Since becoming a peer educator, I have learnt how to negotiate for safer sex. I am proud that I can share my knowledge of preventing HIV, STIs and gender-based violence with other girls. I am now completing a hairdressing course & hope to open my own salon one day so I don’t have to rely on sex work

    — Tanaka*- adolescent peer educator, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

  • I can be myself when I play games with my friends at Kids’ club. I enjoy learning new skills & I am proud that I have learnt to cook. The volunteers also help me with my homework. They encourage me to aim high & use my talents. Thanks to Kids’ Club, I now believe I can become a lawyer one day.

    — Ruth*, age 10, Kids' Club member, Nigeria

  • Before I came to Esteem club, I was very shy & did not want to talk to anyone about the challenges of growing up. Esteem club helped me to learn about making good decisions around relationships and sex. I now feel comfortable sharing my feelings with my parents. I now feel confident about my future.

    — Anwuli*, 17 years old, Esteem Club member, Benue, Nigeria