Girls Empowerment Club provides support for Ghanaians
The Girls Empowerment Club was started on the Ghana North District as a response to the many injustices female children face in Ghana, such as a lack of equal access to higher education. The district superintendent, Frank Mills, and a few girls began to dream together and eventually put the dream into action through the club's creation.
The project was initially named the Girls Justice Club and underwent several name changes before it was finally called the Girls Empowerment Club. When the club started in 2009, it had 96 members. Today, the project has spread to the Midland and Coastal districts of Ghana and has 2,100 members.
The girls who participate are between 11 and 30 years old with some older women who provide mentorship. They have a female leadership team that helps manage the club's affairs.
The club has helped to bring together young girls from different denominations and faith backgrounds to periodically meet and discuss the various issues they face as African girls. They pray together and work to find solutions to their challenges.
The club has two projects— a pig farm and a goat farm to support the girls and the ministry. The club has provided members with goats, pigs, chickens, sewing machines, and school supplies. In some cases, the club has helped girls start small-scale businesses.
One of the women who participated mentioned how she wished to become a nurse but faced much opposition. She was forced to drop out because her parents could not afford to send her to school alongside her six brothers. Her brothers were sent to school while she was made to stay home and work on the farm to support the family.
When she joined the club, she was constantly encouraged and reminded that girls could achieve their dreams. She received a pair of pigs from the club as a gift. She took good care of the pigs, and after five months, the female pig had 15 piglets. Three months later, she sold a few of the mature pigs and was able to enroll in a school. She continued to breed piglets and used the money to pay her school fees.
Today, she is a registered nurse serving in one of the hospitals in her community. She also helps to support the needs of other girls in the Girls Empowerment Club and other needy girls in her community. She ended up joining the Church of the Nazarene because she fell in love with the teaching, counseling, education, and spiritual formation that she received from the club.
--Church of the Nazarene Africa