Who Runs the World? GIRLS! πŸ‘ΈπŸΎ

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🎀 “This club sing / this club sings / this club sings /

Waking into the light / oooooooh / waking into the light / waking into the light / ooooooh / waking into the light /

Its easy / it soooooooo oooooh oooooh ohhhh easyyyy yeah yeah yeah / its easy / its sooooo oooh ooh ohhh easy yeah yeah yeah…” 🎼

This past week, PCV’s, GLOW Counselors, and 54 girls ages 13-19 came together for GLOW Camp!

What is GLOW?

Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) is an international Peace Corps initiative that came to Swaziland in 2011. GLOW aims to create a safe environment where young girls can be empowered in accessing health facilities, enforcing the right to education, and making informed decisions politically, socially, and economically.

GLOW clubs are scattered all throughout the 4 regions of Swaziland. It utilizes a life skills curriculum that includes topics about sexual and reproductive health, career planning, decision-making skills, and self-esteem building. Clubs are usually held after school in a safe environment for girls to engage in sometimes uncomfortable but necessary topics.

The week of camp was dedicated to girls stepping out of their comfort zones!

There were sessions about personal hygiene, mental health, menstruation, STIs, conflict resolution, condom demonstrations, nutrition, healthy relationships, and so much more. The sessions were designed to foster a sense of unity and empowerment.
We also had guest speakers from SWAGAA (The Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse) and Women in Law.

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When each girl was seen doing something positive, encouraging, actively participating in sessions, being helpful, and/or brave they were crowned with a ‘tiara’ for being exemplary! πŸ‘ΈπŸΎ

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We also held movie night and we watched ‘Hidden Figures’ a movie about the first African-American women mathematicians who played a vital role in the NASA. The girls also participated in art therapy, theatre, aerobics, making s’mores by the camp fire, a career fair, and they showcased their talent in a talent show!

The camp was incredible! Empowering these girls and seeing them transform was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. GLOW Camp has probably been one of the most impactful things I’ve been a part of in my service.

I’ve had trouble starting a GLOW club in my own community but I’m hopeful it will start during term 2. Stay tuned!


*Pictures were taken by PCV Nathalie Josue*

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Author: Nicole

I've decided to uproot my life and dedicate it to serving in the Peace Corps for 27 months. Yuuuuup, you read that right. God has helped me redefine limitations. A dear friend once told me that, "boxes are for shoes, you never know how great you are until you break out of the box and see what you are really made of!" This blog will chronicle my adventures as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Swaziland! You'll read about my highest of highs compounded with the lowest of lows - raw and unfiltered. Please enjoy the view. :) *The contents of this blog are mine and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.*

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