PCV 14 April 2010

Brief Project Description:
Eight female 4eme students will be participating in the Take Our Daughters to Work Day project in Cotonou. They have been chosen through an essay writing contest inviting girls to explain what woman they admire and why. The girls will travel to and from Cotonou via bush taxi (with PCVs) from 4 villages. They will be lodged with Maman Modèles- a network of professional women whose NGO is co-sponsoring the project. Most meals will be provided by Maman Modèles, except for Saturday lunch and dinner. Saturday lunch will be provided at the Peace Corps bureau and will consist of rice and beans, eggs, water, and oranges. Saturday dinner will be the Southern GAD dinner/silent auction.

The girls will spend the entirety of Friday, May 7th with their Maman Modèles and accompany to their workplaces. Saturday, May 8th the girls will attend a seminar facilitated by three volunteers. Sessions will include reflecting on and sharing their Friday experiences, future goal setting, and group work to prepare a presentation for the GAD dinner on Saturday night. Through all of these activities the girls will have a better idea of profession opportunities, be motivated to develop stronger life aspirations, and be encouraged to continue and finish their educations.

Dates of Project: May 6th-9th, 2010
Number of People Involved: 38 4eme students submitted essays to the competition. 8 student finalists, 9 adult Maman Modèles, and 3 Peace Corps volunteers (3 women) will be directly involved in the Cotonou Activities. Approximately 100 people will view the girls’ presentation at the Saturday dinner. The girls will be encouraged to share their experiences with family, friends, and their communities when they return to their villages.
Budget:

Item Number Unit Price Cost
Round trip transport to Village A 3 3.700 CFA 11.100 CFA
Round trip transport to Village B 2 3.000 CFA 6.000 CFA
Round trip transport to Village C 2 6.000 CFA 12.000 CFA
Round trip transport to Village D 1 4.400 CFA 4.400 CFA
Rice and Beans 11 200 CFA 2.200 CFA
Hard boiled eggs 11 100 CFA 1.100 CFA
Pack of Pure Water sachets 1 500 CFA 500 CFA
Oranges 8 25 CFA 200 CFA
Meal tickets to GAD dinner 2.5 5000 CFA 12.500 CFA
Total Cost 50.000 CFA

Amount Requested: 50.000 CFA

Comments

GAD Coordinator: A great project. She also applied for the Large project grant. If she isn’t selected for that, recommend funding.
GAD Finance: This is going to be such a great experience for the girls! Recommend funding.

Closing Report

Brief Project Description:
Eight female 4eme students participated in the Take Our Daughters to Work Day project in Cotonou. They were chosen through an essay writing contest inviting girls to explain what woman they admire and why. The girl traveled to and from Cotonou via bush taxi (with PCVs) from four villages. They were lodged with Maman Modèles- a network of professional women whose NGO co-sponsored the project. Most meals were provided by Maman Modèles, except for Saturday lunch and dinner. Saturday lunch was provided at the Peace Corps bureau and consisted of spaghetti with one omelette and water for all of the girls. Saturday dinner was the Southern GAD dinner/silent auction.
The girls spent the entirety of Friday, May 7th with their Maman Modèles and accompanied them to their workplaces. Saturday, May 8th the girls attended a seminar facilitated by four volunteers. Sessions included reflecting on and sharing their Friday experiences, future goal setting, and group work to prepare a presentation for the GAD dinner on Saturday night.

Dates of Project: May 6-9, 2010
Number of People Involved: 38 4eme students submitted essays to the competition. 8 student finalists, 9 adult Maman Modèles, and 4 Peace Corps volunteers (4 women) were directly involved in the Cotonou activities. Approximately 100 people viewed the girls’ presentation at the Saturday dinner. The girls were encouraged to share their experiences with family, friends, and their communities when they return to their villages.

Goals of Project:
The main goals of the project were to give girls the opportunity to shadow a professional woman in Cotonou in order to receive a better idea of professional opportunities, become motivated to develop stronger life aspirations, and be encouraged to continue and finish their educations. Furthermore, a secondary goal was to have the girls present at the GAD dinner so that invitees could get a chance to experience one of the many great projects that GAD funds.

While we can’t know what the future will hold for the girls, I do believe our goals for the weekend were met. The girls were very attentive and enthusiastic during our formation. Also, each girl created a strong bond with her Maman Modele and I know they all plan on staying in contact. This will allow the women to continually support and encourage the girls and be great role models. I also feel that the presentation at the dinner went well and that the other guests enjoyed having them there.

Strengths of Project:
One major strength of this project is that it has been done before. With the help of Maria Soumonni, we were able to easily contact and recruit Maman Modeles who have done this in the past and were eager to participate again. Another great strength of this project is that it truly is sustainable, because the girls can maintain a relationship with their Maman Modeles long after PCVs depart.

Challenges of Project:
A major weakness for the project is the lack of funding. Eight girls was a good number to start, but I hope that in future years the project can somehow expand to give more girls the opportunity to participate. Also, another challenge was getting submissions for the essay competition. Out of all the southern volunteers, only 5 asked their local schools for submissions. This was a disappointment, and in the future volunteers will need to be more active in recruiting if the program wants to grow.

Budget:

Item Number Unit Price Cost
Round trip transport to Village A 3 3.700 CFA 11.100 CFA
Round trip transport to Village B 2 3.000 CFA 6.000 CFA
Round trip transport to Village C 2 6.000 CFA 12.000 CFA
Round trip transport to Village D 1 4.400 CFA 4.400 CFA
Spaghetti Omelettes 10 325 CFA 3.250 CFA
Omelette 1 400 CFA 400 CFA
Pack of Pure Water sachets 1 500 CFA 500 CFA
Meal tickets to GAD dinner 2.5 5000 CFA 12.500 CFA
Total Cost 50.150 CFA
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