Global Grant provides an opportunity for empowerment

11 Apr

Service in Action

By George Poulakos, Member of the Rotary Club of Ventura, United States

The only crossing between the South African country of Zambia and its neighbor Botswana is in Kazungula. The Zambesi River flows between the two countries, and all vehicles must be carried over on a pontoon. Commercial trucks wait in a queue for up to 10 days, and during this time, many of them entice vulnerable young girls to “entertain” them. This is much easier than it should be in an extremely impoverished town with a history of sexual abuse and child marriage. With no source of income in their families, many girls and young women become victims of this sexual abuse.

Prominent civic leaders in nearby Livingstone, Zambia, a tourist destination, have already taken action. They’ve identified three vocations where trained young women can find employment—tailoring, computer work, and food preparation. They formed an NGO and opened The…

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