ChildFund’s project is helping to ensure these girls have the tools to change the course of their futures.
In addition to learning and playing volleyball to stay healthy and develop their team and leadership skills, the project also teaches girls how to plan for their futures, manage money and drive positive social change in their communities. It also provides safe spaces where girls can open up about issues that matter to them and feel supported. Some of the topics they discuss include early marriage, dropping out of school, unemployment and domestic violence.
Since taking part in the project a couple of years ago, 16-year-old Hnin has become more confident about confiding in her peers and is now a part of a network of empowered and supportive young girls in her community.
“When I started attending the training I was afraid and nervous,” she says. “One day, I had the opportunity to talk about my feelings and concerns. My friends were encouraging and I was overjoyed. Now, I do not hesitate to let my voice be heard.”