MORE girls in Africa will be empowered to get an education thanks to a young woman from Emsworth.
Georgina-Kate Adams, who moved from Hampshire to Swaziland earlier this year, has launched a girls’ empowerment group in the African country. The scheme aims to increase the number of girls in Africa who go to school and learn vital life skills.
Georgina-Kate’s charity The Seed, which she set up last year, is inspired by evidence that when you educate a girl in the developing world, the whole community benefits.
Before Christmas last year, with support from 200 Emsworth residents, The Seed raised £7,300 to help a bright but vulnerable Swazi girl accept an offer to attend one of her country’s leading boarding schools.
Sixteen-year-old Lelo dreams of becoming a doctor one day and Georgina-Kate is determined to make the dream a reality.
The launch of the new initiative comes after the International Day of The Girl, a UN-approved event which took place yesterday.
To celebrate, Georgina-Kate invited Swazi schoolgirls to take part in a ‘flashmob’ in their local market, where they sang Beyoncé Knowles’ Run the World (Girls).
The first meeting of the new girls’ group also took place yesterday.
Georgina-Kate said: ‘I am thrilled the local elders, primary school and children’s centre have offered their support to our new initiative.
‘The scholarship we raised last year has truly changed one girl’s life forever. This year we want to impact more girls to become role models.’