We believe that how we work is as important as what we do. We believe that the power of change should be in the communities' hands rather than ours. We facilitate discussions rather than lecture. We partner rather than lead. We leverage the communities' strengths to ensure that they direct the change they want to make. Our approach is important for two reasons: it fosters long term change and creates a template for community problem solving that can be used to address other local challenges. Meet some of the girls whose lives are benefiting from this community change below.
Communities are at the center of our work. They develop a vision for their community and then we walk with them to realize that vision. We facilitate discussions around human rights, gender, and barriers to health and education such as child marriage, water, sanitation and hygiene, female genital cutting and sexually transmitted infections. We engage students, teachers, parents and community leaders. Our series of facilitated discussions provides a platform that allows communities to reshape their view of girls, mobilizes communities to take action on education and health challenges and also provides and effective model for communities to address other concerns.