Girls Leading Africa

Odukpani, Nigeria
About this ministry

Girls Leading Africa seeks to accelerate the development of communities by providing girls and teenage mothers (especially those who have experienced abuse) access to quality education and equipping them with vocational and interpersonal skills to take responsibility for their lives and community. We believe that when a girl is educated and empowered, she grows to be a woman who is part of the decision-making processes in her community, changing dynamics - silenced voices heard, healthy and educated children raised and economies grow.

Girls Leading Africa is a personal vision of Giftie Umo. With 8 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Giftie serves as an advisory board member of two organizations in Africa and believes that in the 21st century, girls in rural communities of Nigeria should have similar access to opportunities, resources, and support as their counterparts in the urban areas.  Giftie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry and an M.A degree in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University, Pennsylvania.

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Areas of Focus

After-School and Summer Camp Program

Provides girls and adolescent mothers with; academic support, one-to-one mentoring, parenting education & development, trauma-informed care, medical attention and classes on abstinence, ante-natal and post-natal care, child development, physical education, etc.

School Enrollment Program

For girls and teenage mothers who have had to leave school, our school enrollment program offers full support, school re-enrollment for girls and free childcare.

Vocational Skills Training (VST) Program

Our VST program provides skills training for girls and adolescent mothers in rural communities who want to improve their economic wellbeing, providing a sustainable pathway out of poverty, at the same time, creates a platform where girls and adolescent mothers shadow professionals.