Playing games outside.

Playing games outside.

In April, more than 300 girls came to campus for our biggest ever Health and Leadership Training Camp.

They spent a week together, laughing and learning. Sessions included everything from public speaking to basic hygiene to self-defense. While every session is filled with hands-on fun, the talent show and outdoor games were the week’s highlights.

By the end of the week, the girls’ transformations are breathtaking. Using entry and exit surveys, we see girls empowered by knowledge of their rights, health, and leadership.

One 6th grade attendee, Jane, says “I didn’t know FGM is a bad practice. Now I will go back to my village and tell other girls.”

One of the most powerful aspects of each camp is that the information provided doesn’t just stay with the camp’s attendees. Each girl takes the knowledge and it spreads. They tell mothers, aunts, cousins, and friends.

Playing an icebreaker before an informative session.

Playing an icebreaker before an informative session.

Some light-hearted laughter during self-defense class.

Some light-hearted laughter during self-defense class.

This was our first camp of the year, with many more to come. We have two more weeklong camps planned already, in addition to monthly weekend trainings for both boys and girls. We are excited to continue changing lives through this incredible program in 2017!

 

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