Working in partnership with the girl champions, their parents, and the community, Protsahan has worked tirelessly over the past decade to ensure an end to sexual violence against girls, higher enrolment and attendance for girls, improved learning outcomes for all children, healing of trauma of abuse and increased resilience, and enhanced economic productivity.
Around the world, girls face barriers to safety & education that boys don’t. But when you holistically empower a girl through Education & Creative Arts, it creates a lasting impact on her, her family and the community she lives in. Protsahan’s programs have directly impacted 928 girls, and reach out to more than 72000 girls annually – empowering them to stand up for their right to receive quality education, healthcare, and against any form of violence and abuse. The Art & Technology based interventions at Protsahan have also resulted in a higher economic productivity for the girls as they are equipped with 21st century skills.
We have a unique way of designing, implementing, and advocat- ing our interventions. The goal is not to just talk about abuse. We want our impact to be far more significant than traditional methods of action and advocacy. For this very reason, we designed a common thread that runs across every step we take, every campaign we run, and every child we reach out to, a thread that enables us to get that lasting impact. We call it the HEART Model.
We use this model as a tool to help bring children out of their shells, and into a healthy learning environment. Together, the five pillars of the program ignite the spark of interest in young children rescued from vulnerable and abusive circumstances. The children we reach out to have usually never attended a formal school. By using inno- vative and hands-on approaches to teaching them social and educational skills, the children start learning and adapting subconsciously, all while having fun.
The Girl Champions Program is Protsahan’s umbrella community intervention program that involves in-depth work with each girl enrolled at Protsahan over a long period of time to truly transform her into a champion that the entire community looks up to. Each of the girls at our centers has access to the Program modules that help her grow out of a systemic, and intergenerational cycle of poverty and abuse.