Tapestries of Hope is a feature-length documentary that reveals the story of human rights activist Betty Makoni and the Girl Child Network (GCN) in Zimbabwe, Africa. The documentary exposes the myth behind the belief that raping a virgin cures a man of HIV/AIDS. The film is co-written and directed by award winning filmmaker, Michealene Cristini Risley, co-written and produced by Susan Black, and also produced by Christopher Bankston, Anand Chandrasekaran, and Ray Arthur Wang. To host a screening or learn more visit www.tapestriesofhope.com
A skype session can be arranged so you can have direct contact with a girl in the village you are helping. The girls are very grateful for the work that is being done for them. You will need to have your own Skype account set up on your computer to do this.
It was just an article she read online; but when Jessica Lu, ’11, a Communication student, first discovered the Girl Child Network, she knew she had to get involved. Part of a series entitled “CNN Heroes,” the article profiled Girl Child Network founder Betty Makoni.
Today, Girl Child Network Zimbabwe, along with the Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW), and other chapters provide support, treatment and education to abuse victims. And now there’s a Villanova chapter thanks to Lu and the faculty support she received at the University. On Oct. 1, 2009, Girl Child Network Worldwide: Villanova — or GCNova for short — became the first United States university organization to officially affiliate with GCNW.
Inspired by the heroic story of Betty Makoni, GCNova is a collaborative student organization formed through the Center for Peace and Justice Education to support the proper treatment of women in our schools, communities, nations, and the world.
To get involved : firstname.lastname@example.org
The role of men and boys to support empowerment of girls in Africa is often under reported on. Alec Eginli worked with his high school to school organize a Human Rights day. The students planned the day and chose to feature Girl Child Network Zimbabwe.
Betty Makoni visited Sierra Canyon school in Los Angeles where Alec created a club to link and connect with girls in Zimbabwe. Betty Makoni spoke at the school and meet new members of girls club. The idea of bringing boys and girls together to build a global network for empowerment of girls in Africa is most important to Betty Makoni
Sierra Canyon School is located in Chatsworth, California. To get involved or meet a local representative in California email Alec: email@example.com
Contributing to the library at the Girls Empowerment Villages can be such a wonderful gift. A book collection can be done as an individual or as a group.
Here are some suggestions on how to do a book collection.
Get a box about 18 x 4 x 12. Make sure the box does not say “Priority” or “First Class” or they will cost much more to mail. In the United States, the most affordable way to ship is from a United States Post Office. Mailing can be expensive so doing smaller packages spread out of time, is easier to do.
USPS Customer Declaration Form CN 22
USPS Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note CP 72
the forms do changes, so check with your local USPS.
You can ask people to stick $1 with the books they drop off. This will help pay the postage.
These forms are available at the United States Post Office
Research GCN online and put together a slideshow on your laptop. Share the images & talk to people about GCN to educated them on the needs of the girls.
If your church or temple, has a day when people do good deeds, you might be able to set up an educational table. Try & collect $14 from families.
When girls arrive at a GCN Empowerment Village, they receive a rescue kit. It includes: oil, corn meal, sugar, soy, soap, vaseline and sanitary pads. These supplies last the girls a few months and costs $14 to put together.