|Punjabi dancing at Girls Club, Mandeiran|
There are currently two Girls Clubs being run in villages near to our centre in Adampur. The main goals of the Girls Clubs are to promote the empowerment of girls and women, endorse gender equality, improve self esteem, build leadership skills, provide education about various issues pertaining to health, the environment, and general life skills, and to supply a space for girls to discuss and share ideas, participate in recreational activities, and most importantly have fun!
In January of this year, intern Angie started up the Girls Club in Ramdaspur, and since her departure it has continued to be run successfully by interns Appoline, Krista, and Natalia. More recently, a new Girls Club was started in Mandeiran Town, and has so far had two successful meetings. The first meeting in Mandeiran Town was attended by approximately 15 girls between the ages seven to twenty three.
|Girls thinking big|
The following meeting was held the next week on the day of Vaisakhi. Natalia, Krista, and the girls first visited the village Gurdwara and then spent the rest of the time visiting some of the girl’s families in order to introduce themselves and the concept of the Girls Club. Next week, the activities for the Girls Club in Mandeiran shall commence with a friendly game of football planned between the girls and hopefully the boys. Until then, here are some pictures from this week’s meeting in Mandeiran Town.