Lalo June 2011

Activity Report

Date(s) of Project: June 2-5, 2011
Post: Lalo
Brief Description of Project:

Take Our Daughters to Work Day is a program that takes girls from villages and brings them to Cotonou for a weekend spent with a professional woman. Each girl stays with and shadows a “Model Mama” at work on Friday, then participates in a goal planning workshop with volunteers at the Peace Corps workstation on Saturday, and finally together they give a presentation on their weekend at the Cotonou GAD dinner. Girls are chosen through an essay contest open to all quatrième students in southern CEGs. Through all of these activities, girls will have a better idea of professional opportunities, be motivated to develop stronger life aspirations, and be encouraged to continue their education.

Number of People Involved:

Gender/Age # of
Individuals
Service Providers (work partners, project co-organizers,
technicians, animators, etc.)
Women over 24 6 Mamas Modeles
Men over 24 0
Girls 15-24 7 Participants
Boys 15-24 0
Girls under 15 0
Boys under 15 0

What Were the Goals/Objectives of This Project?

The goal was to pair students with professional women so that they would have a better idea of professional opportunities, be motivated to develop stronger life aspirations, and be encouraged to continue their education.

Were Those Goals/Objectives Met (please explain)?

Yes, this goal was met. Seventeen students in total were paired with 16 women. Girls expressed motivation in goal planning exercises after time with their mamas, and seemed encouraged to continue their studies.

What Were the Strengths of This Project?

This project relies on the network of incredible women called Mamans Modeles. They are the backbone. The fact that each PCV who participates brings girls means that volunteers are involved at each step of the way.

What Were the Challenges/Weaknesses of This Project?

Communication with Mamans Modeles went through Ines rather than Miranna or me. This caused difficulties when four women we thought were participating failed to show up to pick up girls. This left us scrambling for other willing professional women. We also did not book the conference room and, as a result, had to do our workshop in the med lounge.

Do You Consider This Project Completed (Please explain):

YES

Budget:

Item Quantity Unit Cost Total Cost
Roundtrip transport: Lalo to Cotonou 3 6.500 19.500
Roundtrip transport: Klouekanme to Cotonou 3 5.500 16.500
Water Sachets 34 25 850
Biscuits-morning snack (day 1) 17 25 425
Biscuits-morning snack (day 2) 17 50 850
Pens 17 125 2.125
Notebooks 17 150 2.550
Total 42.800

Total Cost: 42.800 CFA

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