The Global Give Back Circle (GGBC) is a proven gender-based education and empowerment ‘Process’ which addresses the plight of extremely at-risk adolescent girls negatively affected by poverty and harmful socio-cultural practices preventing them from attending and completing school and effectively participating in the economy and citizenship. The ‘process’ integrates secondary and tertiary education with 21st Century skills, life skills, mentorship, private sector engagement, giving back to the community and access to networks that enable girls to break the cycle of poverty without falling through the cracks.
GGBC has been operating in Kenya for almost 10 years, with USAID as a partner since 2011. Over the past few years, it has expanded to China, India, Rwanda and South Africa. There are 1,000+ beneficiaries in Kenya, of which 242 are girls rescued from FGM/forced early marriage. In Kenya, over 200 girls have graduated college/university – becoming teachers, nurses, doctors, etc., and landing jobs at KPMG, Deloitte, Standard Chartered, etc. Today, GGBC is the largest gender-based tertiary education, mentorship and employment-readiness program for at-risk girls in Kenya with 20+ private sector organizations partnering. Institutional knowledge and capacity is also built within beneficiaries. Beneficiaries, now benefactors, are running the program in Kenya, South Africa, India and Rwanda, and are building capacity with GGBC’s implementation partners on the ground in all countries.
Global Give Back Circle - Girls of Vision, a partnership between World Vision Kenya and the Global Give Back Circle, launched in 2012 and has four years of proven success working with 242 at-risk girls in West Pokot, whereby after secondary school graduation, they are enrolled in a 6-month 21st century skills program as a gateway to securing employment/livelihood or scholarships to further tertiary educational opportunities.
WVK and GGBC are innovating and growing the range of workforce-ready and livelihood solutions for at-risk girls living in West Pokot. In partnership with Microsoft, the Department of Agriculture, the African Centre for Women and ICT, and the community of West Pokot, we are assisting 242 girls to access a quality secondary and college education, hone life skills that will protect them from falling through the cracks and successfully transition into employment.
The program matches each girl with a mentor, a caring woman (from Kenya or abroad), who maintains an open channel of communication throughout a structured one-to-one mentorship journey. In addition to financial support, the program also provides coaching and training in life-skills courses. These are courses in agriculture, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, reproductive health and information communication technology that give the girls a competitive edge in gaining employment in the new economy.
Based on findings and baseline surveys, agriculture curriculum was integrated into the program over the past year. Training curriculum on Agriculture and Rural Enrepreneurship was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education in West Pokot County. Thye too have provided trainers who do train farmers and have first hand information on extension of services.
GGBC and WVK would like to scale-up the Agriculture program in vulnerable counties in Kenya in partnership with critical stakeholders such as the Ministry of Agriculture, FAO, the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, the MasterCard Innovation Lab, Microsoft and other like-minded partners. We are aiming to integrate proven models with other notable and appropriate interventions and technologies that are targeting the youth for livelihood development with a special focus on agri-business and agriculture value chains. This alliance, and these partners, aim to address the plight of at least 500 at-risk adolescent girls who are negatively affected by poverty and harmful socio-cultural practices that prevent them from attending and completing school and effectively participating in the economy and as global citizens.