WHAI team was in Ayamelum LGA to prepare the girls and engage the communities' stakeholders in a town hall meeting on the intervention plans.

At the Community Secondary School, Omor, the students were sensitized, encouraged to remain focused in their studies and finish their education rather than dropping out from school.

They were invited to voluntarily participate in the launching of the Girls Lead Club slated on 11th October 2020.

The launching will be done by Miss Tukura (43rd Miss Nigeria). Our team explained the aims, objective and importance of the Club.

The girls were educated on the dangers of early child marriage, but with education, they can do amazing things. We have partners who are ready to empower interested girls into various technical field.

In response, the students were thrilled and promised to participate in the Girls Lead Club Launching. They were also excited about such development and promised to do their best to see that the programme becomes successful in their school and community.

The girls who volunteered to become members of the Club, learnt and sang the Girls Lead Club Anthem.

The team headed to another community, Igbakwu to meet with the stakeholders for a Town Hall Meeting. The team spoke on the dangers associated with girl child marriage such as the increase in VVF, Cervical Cancer, Economic Effect, etc. Which they affirmed they are no longer happy with.

@WHAIafrica encouraged the community stakeholders to keep advocating for girls so that they can complete high school education. They are expected to carry same gospel to other parents in the community and help stop forcing their children into marriage.

#WHAIafrica also met with the Omor Women Leader. She received the team well and promised to keep advocating to end girl child marriage and encouraging young girls to finish their education.

After listening to WHAI mission, she thanked the team of young volunteers for such sacrifice and passiin to see that Ayamelum LGA reaches a high level of growth and development especially in empowering and educating her young girls.

#WHAIteam engaged in the project are Uche Enem, Onuigbo John, Godstime, Ezinwa Chinyere and Udegboka Nkechi

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The team, Uche Enem, Ezinwa Chinyere, Somtoo Akwuobi and Udegboka Nkechi was invited by the Igwe. The Executive Director of Whispering Hope Africa Initiative (WHAI), Nkechi Tessie Udegboka gave a summary about WHAI and how the initiative has helped for years in capacity building of young people.

She said that WHAI was working with the Ministry of Education in gathering facts on young girls that are now drop outs and young mothers in Ayamelum LGA.

WHAI has undertaken few studies, focused group discussions, surveys and spoken to community president general, stakeholders and other community members based on this project and the Girls Lead Club to be launched this Sunday to mark the International Day of the Girl Child.

WHAI will start from Secondary Schools to gather these young girls on time so that the Girls Lead Club could be sustainable.

With all the iintervention plans, change cannot happen if the stakeholders and parents are not involved.

Devising best ways to stop them from allowing their girls into entering early marriage

The launching of the ‘Girls Lead Club’ by Miss Nigeria will help in championing the cause for these girls and fighting for their rights.

The ‘Back to School’ initiative will support at least 60 vulnerable girls to return to school.

The project initiative will encapsulate talents, skills, debate sessions etc.

Igwe Chidume was higjly impressed with the initiative and pledged to give his total supoort. He said he will work with Omor security personnel to ensure the event goes well.

The Igwe said that he is willing to receive Miss Nigeria in his palace.


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Written by Uche Enem for @WHAIafrica

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Whispering Hope Africa Initiative (WHAI) sojourned to another school in Omor, this time to Community Secondary School Omor in Ayamelum LGA of Anambra state.

The school principal, Mrs. Ugochukwu Christiana Obiorah welcomed WHAI Team and thanked WHAI for the good work she does in the rural communities and for the vulnerable.

She affirmed that a lot of the students do drop out and gave the previous day’s incident of a man who came for permission to allow her fiancée, a Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 student to grow/weave her hair to school (which is against the school policy) because their wedding is coming up in December.

While still in the school, WHAI Team witnessed a scene where six JSS1 students (girls) who sneaked out during school hour returned from a visit to a classmate theirs, who just delivered a baby.

We had few minutes to dialogue and interact with the JSS3 students who are preparing for exams. The students echoed they know many of their school mates who are not returning to school mostly because they got married or already pregnant. We encouraged them to take their studies serious and inspire their classmates that dropped out from school to return to school.

Mr. Igwebuike Emmanuel Mgbechi, a youth leader from Omor also addressed the students using their dialect to stand up for their rights and change the mentality that women belongs to the kitchen. He admonished them to keep their heads high and focus on their education.

The Executive Director of WHAI told them about the club that will be established once a project kicks off. The club is aimed at building girls capacity, self-esteem and creating positive minds who would build a rural community filled with dignified, young talented people that could confidently speak against child marriage and school drop out.

The WHAI team members who undertook the field work are Ezinwa Chinyere, Uche Enem, Godstime Okemeziem and Udegboka Nkechi.

You can collaborate with WHAI for an intervention program to safe our girls.

Reach out, call or WhatsApp +2348033842029; or email or via our social media platforms @WHAIafrica.

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