PCV 2 February 2010

Brief Project Description:

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Girls’ Club of the public secondary school will host a “Day of the Young Girl” on March 6, 2010. The club, organized by the PCV, will be joined by the PCVs and girls’ clubs from 3 other villages.

The day’s activities will begin at 8:00 AM as the PCV and her Girls’ Club prepare the Youth House by arranging chairs, cleaning the house, and checking the sound system. The PCVs and girls from the other villages will begin traveling. As they arrive, the Girls’ Club will teach them a song selected to commemorate the day, called “The Joy of Young Girls.” Five professional women (a midwife, a secondary school teacher, an entrepreneur, a non-governmental organization fieldworker, and a local government worker) will arrive. At 10:00 AM, the PCV and the president of the Girls’ Club will give introductory remarks and lead the assembly in the singing of “The Joy of Young Girls.” From 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM, the PCV will moderate a panel discussion by the five professional women. The PCV will pose questions about paths of study, the nature of the women’s professions, challenges the women faced in their education and in the workplace, and managing a family and work life. From 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM, all participants and invited guests (school directors, the Mayor, and the director of the Hospital) will be served a lunch of pounded yams with cheese and a small soft drink. From 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, each club will perform skits or musical pieces related to girls’ empowerment. For instance, the Girls’ Club will present a skit on overcoming sexual harassment in schools and dance to a song about children’s rights. From 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, the girls will have a dodge-ball tournament. Following the tournament, the PCV will give closing remarks, and the participants will return to their communities.

The Youth House is provided for free for this event by its director. The Mayor will pay for the cost of chair rental (2 500 F) and sound system rental and operation (10 000 F). Various sources in another village will provide funding for the transport of the PCV and club (approximately 50 000 F), the PCVs and clubs of the other villages will be responsible for their own transportation (within walking distance), and the last club will contribute to its transportation costs (no source of funding is available in the community). Printing costs for invitations and programs will be covered by the Mayor. GAD funding is requested to provide food for the event and support the cost of transportation for the club members of one of the villages.

Dates of Project: March 6, 2010
Number of People Involved:

The PCV is the lead organizer for this event but has been assisted by the three female PCVs in other villages. An adult male civil engineer from the Mayor’s Office and an adult female NGO fieldworker have helped the PCV with local logistics, such as securing community funding and inviting guests. Sixty girls are invited to attend the event; they are all involved in planning theatrical and musical pieces for the event. Five adult women will participate in the career panel. Six adult men will be invited to attend.

The greatest impact will be for the 60 girls, who will learn about the advantages of continuing their educations and different professional tracks that could be open to them. Their female identity will be celebrated throughout the day, encouraging a positive view of themselves. A similar career panel was held at a Girls’ Empowerment Camp in 2009; the president of the Girls’ Club, who attended the camp, cited the panel as a source of inspiration for her and requested that the PCV organize a local panel for the Girls’ Club. This project was thus initiated by one of its beneficiaries. The five adult women participating in the career panel will also have their professional achievements recognized publicly at this event, fostering a positive view of women’s professional achievement.

Organizers:
4 adult female PCVs
1 adult male HCN
1 adult female HCN

Guests:
60 young female HCNs
5 adult female HCNs
6 adult male HCNs

Budget:

Item Number Unit Price Cost
Pounded yam with cheese 75 250 CFA 18.750 CFA
Small soft drink 75 300 CFA 22.500 CFA
Roundtrip transportation 20 437.5 CFA 8.750 CFA
Total Cost 50.000 CFA

Amount Requested: 50.000 CFA

Comments

GAD Coordinator: Another great project. I am consistently impressed by the level of community involvement and ownership of her projects. Recommend funding.
GAD Finance: She is working hard! She should remember to give the ages of the participants in the Activity Report. Recommend funding.
GAD Specialist: Great project. PCVs from the region are doing great work with and for girls. Recommend funding.

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