Ntombi Nto Girl Child Network
Ntombi Nto, meaning ‘a wholesome, complete and confident young woman’, is a registered trust in Zimbabwe. It was formally registered by Joy Khumalo in Jan. 2018, although the family had been helping the rural communities about three hours’ drive from their home for several years before that and, since 2015, assisted by funding raised in the UK.
Their project statement describes their goals: “Empowering girls on Sexual and Reproductive Health, improving their opportunities in schools and equipping them with skills to address poverty in their homes and communities”.
With funding from the Beatrice Project in the UK, the Ntombi Nto team are able to offer a choice of appropriate sanitary protection which helps to keep the girls in school, set up sewing rooms for them to use under the supervision of their teachers and offer regular workshops on sexual and reproductive health. They also offer advice and psychological support to the girls, with access to Childline and local Child protection committees and are able to link them with the local child protection body.
We work in close collaboration with Ntombi Nto and receive their fully costed proposals which we consider for funding and grant applications. It has been exciting to receive their reports and then to witness first hand the success of the project and the enthusiasm of all the leaders and girls involved.
In the current pandemic whilst we are unable to visit we have received regular reports and financial accounts.
The Beatrice Project is proud to be partners with Ntombi Nto.
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