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of girls in communities around the world.
Train - Coach-Mentor’ Girls project is dedicated to training, coaching and mentoring boys, girls and young women from difficult backgrounds. These include boys, girls and young women from low income families, those living in deprived communities and visually impaired girls. ‘Train-Coach-Mentor Girls’ Project was initiated by three visionary young ladies from three different countries and two continents-Gifty (Ghana), Sunita (Nepal) and Dando (Zambia).
It all started via Skype Conference discussion about a common vision and passion we shared.
Dando : ‘Lets do something to help girls in our communities’,
Gifty: ‘I published a story about a kayayo (head potter ) and I am also working with my friend who is raising funds to support the education of blind girls here so yes I agree we can do it’
Sunita: ‘In my village, many girls need help and I think we can do something to empower them’.
The conversation went on and on. With three different time zones and internet accessibility amongst other challenges we brainstormed, discussed, agreed and disagreed for days and weeks but one day things fell in place. The name ‘Train-Coach-Mentor’ Girls project was coined.
The project seeks to build the confidence of girls, boys and young women from difficult backgrounds 9those from low income families, the visually impaired and those living in deprived communities), inspire them to dream and challenge them to take initiatives to bring change to their lives, families, communities, countries and generation.
In September 2010, the project was launched in Ghana. With support from other youth groups and programs our first training took place in Alajo. Fifteen (15 ) girls from difficult backgrounds were trained on Self-Development and Leadership skills. This was followed by a second training at the School of Akropong-30 visually impaired youth were trained.
Girls and boys in four countries have participated and benefited from this project. Over 103 mentors across the globe are supporting and mentoring these girls across the ocean.
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What the Girls Say
"When I became blind, I thought the world had come to end but from what I have learnt today I believe I can still make it with determination" testified 17 year old Deborah. According to Fareed he has also ‘learnt that in every darkness there is light. All is not lost for me.’ These are just two of the many testimonies shared by 30 visually impaired gems between the ages of 13 and 19 at the Akropong School of the Blind, Ghana.
'Today, through this training, I have learnt that in every situation something works. I have also learnt to use positive language and to have a good attitude in life' says Samuel Obeng who loved to paint before he became blind. Today, he dreams of becoming a Missionary
For Nana Ama, 'This training was an opportunity for me to learn about my self, leadership skills and remind myself each time that I can make it no matter my situation or circumstance.
‘I am challenged to be the best, number one and nothing less at home, in school or anywhere I find myself’ shares
Sylvia Gyapong of Kinbu Senior High School happily. Sylvia dreams of becoming a Business woman in the future and hopes to help other girls in her community in future.
16 year old Elizabeth Addi of Achimota High School had this to say ‘I have been inspired and challenged to think and act differently; to focus on possibility and to be the change I want to see.’
‘I want to be a nurse in future and I have learnt to value differences wherever I find myself’ says 14 year old Portia Boateng of New Creation Preparatory School on a shy note.
For Martha Mweetwa-Zambia‘I am moved to tears because I have not met this woman in person but she is interested in my life and future which I am grateful for’.
What our Project Coordinators Say
‘GREIGHT does not only empower participants. It has empowered me in many ways that you cannot imagine. It has brought out of me this drive to take initiatives I never thought I had. And this I will carry with me throughout my life-TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHEREVER I GO so thank you!' – Miranda Agness Quainoo - TCM Ghana Coordinator
What Our Mentors Say ‘Knowing that I am helping a young girl along her journey to adulthood, one where she will feel empowered to use her voice to enrich the world, is very gratifying. I am thankful to the Girl Mentor program for giving me this opportunity' Roz Siegel, USA
When I started to communicate with her I felt like I have one more sister/ one more daughter to whom I I should be unplayful for her better future. She is close to my heart now. I seriously think how I can make her empowered, and a good human being’ Usha-Nepal.
What our Readers Say
‘The Foundation has actually filled these people(the visually impaired youth) with hope and optimism'-Tristan Benette
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