In 2010, I volunteered teaching women at GIGDEV (Girls Growth and Development) NGO in Tamale, Northern Ghana. GIGDEV helps poverty stricken and disadvantaged women to learn a trade eg dressmaking or hairdressing and ICT skills- and give them and their children and education. The women often come from difficult backgrounds- many are forced to work at a young age or have had teen pregnancies or been abused.
As I am turning 30 on 1st July, I wanted to give back to this amazing organisation. One of their founders, Ms Selina Iddi Abdulai has requested that I fundraise for a shop as an IGA- income generator to fund the incredible work that GIGDEV do.
Selina has said that the women of GIGDEV will sew womens and mens clothes to sell in the shop, alongside water bottles, which are an important thing in the heat of Ghana! In 2010, this NGO had a small shop on the same road to provide income but they really need our help to raise money to sustain their work.
The shop is an Income Generating Activity (IGA) that can help GIGDEV to pay their allowances and also the smaller spending (petty cash). It would also go a long way to help in the sustainability of the project which has been running for many years.
I have seen first hand the incredibly powerful work of this organisation, how they help to lift girls out of poverty and give them a chance in the world again.
For my big 30 birthday- I would really love to give these women the chances we all talk for granted here in England.
Thank you for your donations,