LET THERE BE LIGHT
In Africa over 600 million people out of one billion inhabitant do not have access to electricity, making this vast continent the most energy deprived in the world. We are giving solar lamps to underprivileged 11-16 year old girls in rural Africa to enable them to study in the evening after sunset. We want to reach a million girls in 5 years. Help us, and help them make the most of their evening time.
GIVE A GIRL EDUCATION
Education is a basic right and lays the foundation for a bright future but many girls in Africa cannot go to school due to poverty. Poverty may mean the lack of school fees or lack sanitary towels. Girls drop out or miss lessons due to reasons directly or indirectly linked to poverty. For instance, 1 in 10 of African school girls will miss or drop out of school because of periods. We want girl children to have equal access to education alongside their male counterparts. WCCH pays school fees and provides school kits and sanitary pads for primary and secondary school children from the most disadvantaged rural African families.
GIVE A VILLAGE LIFE
It is said that water is life. But in much of Africa children die from lack of access to clean, safe water. In Nigeria alone 45 000 children under the age of five die every year due to poor water, sanitation and hygiene conditions.
WCCH has embarked on a programme to drill and repair boreholes in the most water deficient communities in Ghana, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
In Zimbabwe 44% of the rural population practise open defecation (ODF). Africa as a whole does not fare better. 60% of the population have no access to descent toilet facilities. Of Ghana's over 28 million citizens, five million practise open defecation. The health implications are grievous and call for urgent action.
WCCH believes that together we can bring about an open defecation free (ODF) Africa and restore the dignity of people who relieve themselves in the open. We build standard toilets for families and educate and support communities about the health benefits of an ODF free environment. An ODF Africa is not just possible, it is a must, and can be done, one village at a time.
SAY NO TO FGM
It starts with you. When it comes to the fight to end FGM, everyone has a role to play.
Despite FGM being illegal in the UK, 18 cases were reportedly undertaken in the in this country in the one year period from 2015-2016. It is often performed on young girls, some as young as five years of age.
WCCH will roll out an awareness campaign targeting young people in churches and community organisations. Young people from communities where FGM is practices may already be victims or are potential victims as well as the parents of tomorrow who will have the responsibility of protecting their children from this abusive practice (For details watch this space).
LETS TALK ABOUT FGM
More often than not Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a taboo subject in communities where it is practised. Victims are powerless and voiceless. It is the duty of the wider society to break the silence and unite in the fight to end FGM. That is why this year WCCH has launched an awareness campaign to conscientise the wider society and explore ways to put a stop to FGM and to inform those who practise it of the child protection and legal and health issues around it.
This will be done through a series of seminars and workshops across the West Midlands. Do join us. Together we can break the silence, say no, and end FGM. For details click below.