Girl Game Changers

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The program encourages girls to have a voice, to be problem solvers and decision makers, – and to create visionary and positive change in their own communities.

The Girl Game Changer is Crafting Hope’s upcoming program, and the one that Nordic Designers Aid is helping to raise funds for.
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The program will focus on girls in Matric living in financially disadvantaged areas of Grabouw and Elgin Valley in South Africa’s Western Province.

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The goal of the program is to inspire young girls to identify key areas for change, incubate social change campaigns and facilitate their implementation.
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The program will only be launched when we have raised the funds for at least one year of running the program.
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By creating a positive impact and becoming active citizens and role models Crafting Hope believes that the girls will not only make a difference in their local communities, but also build up their self-esteem and sense of purpose and belonging.
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Objectives of the program:
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  • Teach youth to take responsibility and how to execute plans from beginning till end. Skills that they can use in future employment or to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Teach them the value of teamwork and the inclusion of others.
  • Teach them the value of peaceful, social and creative activism.
  • Teach them that their actions matter – not only to them but also to the people and the communities around them. That they have the capability to make a positive change. And, even if on a small scale, – that it still matters big time.
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As a tool for community involvement and social change Crafting Hope encourages girls to use arts, culture and creative expression.
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Art creates a room for people to challenge prejudices and discrimination and enhance democratic dialogue.
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Arts and culture strategies engage, inspire and allow a community to begin to understand the historic, cultural, economic, and social context – an essential foundation for developing and building a sense of place and identity.
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Target group
We consider our focus on girls and women to be ‘positive discrimination’.
In essence it is a strategy to maximize the impact of programs. This approach is justified by two main reasons;
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– Although we are moving forward towards gender equality, overall progress is very slow in terms of female economic and social empowerment. We strongly believe that no society can be successful when approximately half the population is not fully participating with an equal voice.

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- Girls are critical agents of change.
Investing in girls is a force multiplier, and can be a powerful catalyst for development. Research suggests that women invest a higher proportion of the earnings in their families compared to men.
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Role models and Pattern Breakers
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Crafting Hope supports and empowers young girls to find the strength and the tools to act as guides and role models for other young women in their local communities.
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It can be difficult for girls and young women in Grabouw and Elgin Valley to picture a future without poverty where they are not dependent on their family or a man to take care of them financially.
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For a lot of young girls the coping mechanism has been to stop dreaming all together, as they no longer believe that their lives can change to the better.
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Crafting Hope wish to give them back hope and to build up their self-esteem, so they have the strength to break free from poverty, patterns of dependency and a negative mindset.
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The longterm goal is to enable them to create a better future for themselves and also to become positive role models for other young people in their communities.
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Outline of the program
as presented by Crafting Hope Facilitator Eleftheria Kakambouras
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The girls are inspired to identify social and environmental needs in their communities and come up with possible solutions.
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They will present their game-changing initiatives and be supported through think-tanks, life skills training and the implementation of campaigns.
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This group of leaders can recruit other girls to work on their campaigns, and in this way we include the quiet leaders of the community which prefer to work behind the scenes.
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The four steps of the program
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Step one
The first step would be facilitating identification of social issues through a process of listening, seeing and reflecting this in an art piece.
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Step two
The second step would be facilitating a “think-tank” brainstorm on how to create solutions, and giving the girls research to do in their respective ‘solutions’ to find out what worked and what didn’t.

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Crafting Hope will organize excursions to projects which are already experiencing success and who work with community involvement and social change.
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Step three
The third step would be to facilitate a discussion and evaluate the ‘solutions’.

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This is where the life-skills transferring will come into play through facilitating questions which develops critical thinking, effective communication, leadership styles, collaboration on projects, and the personal stuff which will emerge in group dynamics.
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Step four
The fourth step would be implementation of the campaign.

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Here we will ask campaign managers, or project managers in corporate or experts in the respective fields of the girls chosen campaign to volunteer their time through educational sessions, and advice.
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Essentially, the girls will be identifying, and creating their own campaigns and Crafting Hope will be responsible for the facilitation thereof.