HOW WE DO IT

We directly fund small, sustainable, well-managed organizations in Southern Africa whose programs empower and educate girls suffering from poverty or abuse. Our local partner organizations tend to be bare bones, determined and full of fresh ideas. And we rigorously research and build trust with each program before committing funds.
GSGC is not a top-down organization. We offer contacts, ideas and resources to the energetic local leaders (aunties) and their teams who do the hard work on the ground. And beyond monetary support, we stay involved through regular communication and occasional visits to program sites.

OUR APPROACH

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  1. We choose partners wisely, thanks to deep roots in local communities and an on-the-ground presence. Partners are respected as passionate social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to pressing social problems. Because GSGC is small, nimble and unfettered by layers of administration, we can move quickly when we spot an opportunity to make impact.
  2. We research each partner program thoroughly and objectively before awarding a grant:
    • Does it respond to a serious need that falls within our mission?
    • Are its goals attainable and sustainable?
    • Is its approach creative and does it involve the community?
    • Will GSGC funding make a difference, and can the partner meet monitoring requirements?
  3. After making a grant, GSGC carefully monitors each program through routine email reports and phone calls. We visit in person at least once a year. Partnerships tend to be longer-term, helping each organization fully build its capacity for success.
  4. GSGC shares best practices and builds on success. We create forums that give our partners opportunities to connect with each other, and with those doing similar work. philanthropists.

MEET THE PROGRAM LEADERS

Girls need someone to look up to as they navigate a new path—one that’s not dominated by violence, poverty and isolation. Our partners and program leaders are called “Aunties,” a cultural term not as widely used in the U.S. (i.e., a woman who has a strong, formative role in a child’s life, but is not typically a relative of the family).

These aunties are mentors and positive role models for the girls. They’re also program leaders and day-to-day administrators, and in some cases founders of the programs. We’re pleased to introduce you to a few of the amazing aunties who run the GSGC- sponsored organizations and programs.

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Project Luangwa Girls Club
Mfuwe, Zambia
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Vanessa Mbewe

Yosefe Girls Club
Mfuwe, Zambia
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GLORIA MUBITA

Believe Club
Livingstone, Zambia
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AGNESS BUYA YOMBWE

Wayi Wayi Art Gallery
Livingstone, Zambia
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Katanekwa Mukelabal

Believe Club
Livingstone, Zambia
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Sefelepelo (Sfe) Sebata

Rise & Shine
Lupinyu & BH29, Zimbabwe
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Rose of Charity
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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SIMANGELE (SIMA) MOYO

Rose of Charity
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Procedure Mhlanga

Girls Time
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Are You The Next Program Leader?

Most girls live with their grandmothers because their mothers have fallen victim to HIV/AIDS, and their fathers aren’t present or have suffered the same fate. We need more Aunties who can lead programs and make a difference in the lives of girls.

 

SEE THE PROGRESS

GSGC does the most possible with even the smallest amounts of money, and our reach is wide and deep. Our work creates a ripple effect of new energy, skills and meaningful encounters on three key levels, ultimately enriching entire communities that we support, and ourselves.

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EMPOWER

Empowered, educated girls lead their families into a more sustainable life, bettering the entire community.

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CONNECT

GSGC partners are more effective and less isolated after meeting others with whom they share ideas, best practices, contacts and inspiration. Each organization is strengthened.

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TRANSFORM

Learning transforms GSGC members and moves them to spread fresh ideas within their home communities

TO DATE, WE’RE PROUD OF GSGC’S PARTNER TRACK RECORD.

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WHERE WE GIVE SUPPORT

GSGC currently supports partner organizations doing work on the ground in four southern African countries, including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.