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The Grace Centre: A Place of Hope

Changing the cycle of early marriage and sexual abuse for young girls in Kazungula, Zambia

Funded by Rotary Grant

The Rotary clubs of Ventura, California and Livingstone, Zambia are initiating a Global Grant in Kazungula, Zambia. This project has the potential to change the cycle of despair, early marriage, and sexual abuse for generations of young girls. We need other Rotary Clubs to participate to make this grant a reality. The Grace Centre was founded by prominent community leaders to provide training in 3 areas where young women can find employment—tailoring, computer work, and food preparation. In select cases, funds for secondary school education will also be provided. The founders have ambitious goals, but they were only able to solicit enough funds from individual donors to build the facilities and get the tailoring program started. This grant will provide funding for 3 years, after which The Grace Centre should become self-sufficient. The Centre will generate revenues by employing graduates to create tailored goods, operate an on-premise restaurant, and provide catered meals.

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Start: 01 July 2018
End:  01 June 2021
Created: 13 February 2018
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Community economic development
Rotary Grant
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Mrs. Paula C. Van Zyl, Livingstone| contact
Mr. George James Poulakos, Ventura| contact
Margaret Whitehead, Livingstone| contact
Livingstone, Zambia (Rotary Club)
Ventura, CA, USA (Rotary Club)
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