Girl group to make them proud

2016-06-30 06:00
Members of Girl Pride from Mfuleni and Gugulethu, recently. PHOTO: GIRLS PRIDE

Members of Girl Pride from Mfuleni and Gugulethu, recently. PHOTO: GIRLS PRIDE

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Girls who grew up in the 20th century are far different from those who are growing up now.

In the 21st century we see things changing drastically in the technological sphere.

Kids as young as 10 years old own smart phones, they are able to communicate via social networks like Facebook, twitter and WhatsApp.

They are in touch with strangers of the world. They are influenced by the world more than their parents or guardians. Kids are under a lot of pressure to look a certain way, to dress a certain way, to walk, talk and even behave in a certain way. The world (social media and television) has exposed them to a lot of different things, good and bad.

Some are able to afford these things, others cannot. Coming from the township, one knows the struggles of young girls. If braids are in fashion, everyone will want to have braids, if they cannot afford that they become depressed at a very young age.

We see them feeling unloved or uncared for because they cannot get everything they want.

They end up going for the easiest way out of the miserable situation, to make them feel good; like a boyfriend, alcohol or friends who are also not motivated to get out of their miserable circumstancessituation.

Girl Pride’s mission is to empower girls in impoverished communities to strengthen their own capacities as decision-makers.

Girl Pride mentorship programs are dedicated to poverty eradication through youth empowerment, and social and economic empowerment of young girls in low-income communities in Cape Town and surrounding areas.

We want to help groom these young girls to be better women, who will be able to also help mentor other young girls, and essentially have a group of women all around the country (even the world), who help others for the better.

Girl Pride started with 32 young girls between 13 and 18 years of age.

Girl Pride mentoring sessions foster self-respect, love, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration while discussing curriculum topics such as self-esteem and self-confidence, sexual health and decision-making, broader issues affecting young women.

We are a mentorship program that will run for as long as there are young girls who need us out there.

We would like to live in a country where women are seen, heard, loved and protected, mostly as the powerful and beautiful beings.

We would like to live in a world where women are not exploited or degraded.

Last week, on the 15 June 2016, we had our first meeting with the girls.
We met in Gugulethu, where we held a slumber party-cum-game night. This night was to introduce the girls to the mentorship program.

On the night we had dinner, and our program started with introducing each other.

We asked each of us a few questions but our main interest was to know why others were interested in Girl Pride.

We received different responses, such as “I don’t like the way I live my life now, I would like to change it” and “I have been taking drugs and, would like to change for the better”.

One of us related the horrible experience of watching her grandmother slain in front of her.

She said she still carries the pain. Others said the would like to be assisted with their school work.

There were so many stories, it was quite emotional when we listened to them talk.

After the introductions we played games, so that the girls can all be comfortable with one another. We allocated the 32 girls into groups of 5 and 6. They will be working as those groups when we do research and other activities.

Girl Pride is currently not funded, the program is sponsored by the founders and close friends. We are calling on people that are interested to participate in the program as mentors, donors and tutors to assist in the success of the program. Volunteers can contact Sinako Ngxono: or 060 544 5277 and Nandipha Tuku: or 078 053 4578

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