Project #179 | Empowering Girls to Overcome Sexual Violence in Zambia

Our partnership with Freely in Hope

In Zambia, child marriage is still legal with over 43% of girls marrying before they turn 18. In the community of Kalingalinga, a township within Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, girls are expected to marry young and adhere to unfair standards that limit their access to quality education, leadership training, and careers outside of their community. Without access to empowering resources, the limitations placed on girls have led to the rise in prostitution, alcohol abuse, gang violence, and sex trafficking in Kalingalinga.

One Day’s Wages has partnered with Freely in Hope to support their Super Girls Revolution, a weekly program for teens and young women that provides a safe space to discuss topics including trauma healing, women’s rights, sexual violence prevention, anti-trafficking, substance abuse, career development, and leadership. Through this program, Freely in Hope has helped girls in Kalingalinga to learn, grow, and practice their leadership skills in a nurturing environment. 

Our collective impact

Girls Supported Through Mentorship

Hours of Individualized Tutoring

Hours of Therapy Provided

Meet Mambwe*

Mambwe* is a survivor of sexual violence. Before she was selected as an FIH scholar, she had been absent from school for a year and was frequently missing from home due to mental illness. During one particular episode, she was found by a neighbor and taken to the hospital, where it was discovered that she had been sexually assaulted. She received medical attention and participated in trauma therapy for a few months, funded by Freely in Hope. When she first began school as an FIH scholar, Mambwe was very quiet and would not participate willingly in group sessions. However, after staying at the safe hostel for 5 months, she was equipped with tutoring and counseling that allowed her to grow in self-awareness, leadership, and confidence. In this short amount of time, Mambwe’s grades improved and she is now confident in sharing her story so that she can help other survivors in her community.

*Pseudonym used to protect survivor, photo is not Mambwe.

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our girls’ empowerment fund.

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