NGO To Train Over 1,000 Girls In C’River
A non governmental organization (NGO), the Church Girl Foundation, in Calabar, Cross River, has designed programmes that will identify different African girls, train, mentor and give them a platform to maximise their potentials without compromising standards or losing their faith.
The NGO said over 1000 of these girls in Cross River are to be identified, trained and mentored on life skills aimed at unleashing their talents and potentials in the state.
This was disclosed in Calabar to newsmen recently by Gedah Etefia, the executive director of the foundation, while giving an insight into the plans of her foundation to improve the lot of the Girl Child in the state
She said the purpose of the exercise was to empower, correct and educate the girl child through mentorship, skill acquisition, awareness campaigns, seminars/workshops as well as develop event programmes and platforms to help them promote skills, values, styles and patterns.
According to her, “The major challenge facing the girl child is the lack of growth and mentorship. Most of the challenges the girl child faces are as a result of the absence of mentorship particularly for the girl who grew up in church.
“Our motivation is the discovery that there are several challenges facing the Church Girl, we have several people who preach to church girls but there is really no one who comes close to them to hear what their challenges are and how they can surmount those challenges,” she further said.
She added: “The Church girl has dreams and does not know how to accomplish them. The few who dare to try, back out after many failed attempts because of the lack of mentorship and no support. A small number of them succeed but only after compromising standards and, most times, never return to church for fear of being judged or ignored.”
Etefia added that the essence of church girl production is to make these girls become who they have always dreamt of and then still have their faith in God.
She said, as part of the training, a Church Week Fashion Programme tagged: Pure and Ultra Glam will be staged in October and will be the first of its kind targeted at bringing out the best of the African girl.
The fashion week, she said, is to showcase glamour and decency and make the church girl realize that being conservative does not mean dressing drably.
She said, June12, 2018, the NGO had her first fashion event, and released the first issue of the Church Girl magazine, with great support from Pink Africa Foundation, climax2Production, the Community Church, Hit Fm, Mystic Place and other notable individuals.
Again in October 2018, which is known as the breast cancer awareness month, they hosted the pink ball at Transcorp Hotels, Calabar, Etefia also said, adding that in February 2019, they released the second issue of church magazine with amazing stories and contents.
“In March 2019, we also were able to cohost a parallel event at the United Nations in New York, with Pink Africa Foundation. We also participated in New Women bulled in the same month,” the executive director also mentioned.
She said that the major challenge the NGO is facing is, the lack of sponsorship for these empowerment and projection programmes, stating that a few individuals do their best at supporting where they can, believing more can be done via corporate organizations and more established persons in the society.