Gem Empowerment

Madam Juliana Ama Kplorfia, Founder and Executive Director, Girls Excellence Movement (GEM) has said that the Movement has interacted, inspired and mentored more 13,000 girls with different backgrounds from over 45 schools to aspire higher.

She said the Movement which was in existence for the past 10 years would continue to impact on the lives of girls, especially those in deprived communities to have the belief that they could achieve their dreams if only they pursued them relentlessly.

Addressing more than 475 girls from some selected basic and senior high schools in Anfoega in the North Dayi District of the Volta Region as part of the Movement’s outreach dubbed “ GEM,-Inspiration-On-Wheels”, Madam Kplorfia said the results from the outreach was fulfilling as most of the girls they mentored were excelling in their various endeavours.

“It is fulfilling when we hear stories about girls passing their exams, in SHS and JHS and they tell us that since you came to that school, we got the inspiration to go higher and we feel happy and empowered,”.

Madam Kplorfia encouraged the girls to take full responsibility for the consequences of their choices and the feedback they got from those empowered gave the Movement the zeal to do more for others to uplift their morale to face concerns of life.

She said girls should not be destructed by the situation and surroundings they found themselves in but forge forward irrespective of their beginnings and urged them to have the will to sacrifice and let go some negative aspects of their lives and be determined to have a great future.

Madam Belinda Dogbatse, a Mentor from GEM called on the girls to eschew life styles that would have an adverse effect on their health.

She said practising personal hygiene at a tender age in a girl’s life was crucial taken into cognizance the stigma attached to menstruation by others who don’t understand what the process meant and took the girls through the “proper fixing and disposal” of the sanitary pad.

Some girls who spoke to the GNA said they were excited learning and expected such programmes would be organized for them more often.

The Movement visits 10 schools yearly based on requests from old students, prefects’ and teachers and they operate from February to November annually.

GEM gave out sanitary pads, mathematical sets and assorted drinks to the girls. GEM is a group made up of men and women with different professional backgrounds whose mission is to instill the spirit of excellence and achievement in girls and nurture them to be women of substance, taking on leadership in all spheres of life.

GEM has been in existence since 2008. Donations towards the outreach were from Sanda International, Special Ice Limited, Clever House, MGL Naturals, the Chief of Staff and some other benevolent donors.

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