Tag Archives: Girls Empowerment Clubs

Back to See the Girls of Swaziland

Little did I know I’d be returning to Swaziland in less than a year! Crossroads sent me back in March for two weeks. It was great to get out of the polar vortex of Canada, but Swaziland was Noah’s Arc. … Continue reading

Running Game


These are a few snippets, taken from visits to the Girls Empowerment Clubs with  SWAGAA’s Doreen Ngwenya, GEC coordinator, a few weeks ago…. Mabheleni Primary School is off a dirt road winding far into the countryside north of Mbabane. We … Continue reading

Swazi National High, June 22, 2013.


  “This day is about young girls in Swaziland. This day about you!” said SWAGAA Director Cebile Manzini-Henwood to a captive audience of around 300 girls. It was a Saturday, 9 a.m. and the hall at Swazi National High in … Continue reading

Members of the Mhlanghya Girls Empowerment Club singing the club song, The Sky is the Limit.

Visiting the Girls Empowerment Clubs

Last week Crossroads’ Southern Africa regional director Nikunja Nepal and board member Kathy Macpherson came to Swaziland to check up on the various projects and local NGOs Crossroads supports. One of the projects Crossroads is proudest of supporting is the … Continue reading


On October 11, 2012, the Swazi Observer printed the essays of the winners of the national essay competition commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child. I wanted to share a couple of them with you… STOP TEEN PREGNANCY Swazi … Continue reading


International Day of the Girl Child Event a Success!

  After two months of planning, the Swaziland International Day of the Girl Child was a smash success! Three weeks of media were a great lead up to the actual day. Representatives from SWAGAA (including me) and various NGOs spoke … Continue reading

Girls Empowerment Club, Swazi National High School with SWAGAA's Doreen Ngwenya (lower, centre), co-ordinator of the clubs.

What International Day of the Girl Child Means to SWAGAA

An article I wrote that appeared in The Times of Swaziland….. The first International Day of the Girl Child on October 11 is an exciting event for the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) as it marks a culmination of … Continue reading

Outside the classroom after my first Girls Empowerment Club meeting.

Girl Power

Last week I went to my first Girls Empowerment Club meeting at Swaziland National High School in Matsapha, just outside Manzini (where I’m stationed). I went with Doreen Ngwenya, who is SWAGAA’s dynamic Girls Empowerment Coordinator, and Gina Schmidt, a … Continue reading