Wengelawi Abersh Adugna, a follower of the Protestant Faith and a Leader of women associations/ groups in Amobo and surrounding areas has been serving as a KGIS network member. During one of her several community engagements, She said that “we need to speak up more for changing our communities’ attitude and practices. We need to stand up for all the girls in our community. Girls should go to school”
Wengelawi Abersh was given the skills and knowledge to put out as much information to her community as possible to promote girl child education.
“Changing perception and practices of the community has always been a tough task for many development organizations. But, the KGIS project used the religious leaders and the religious platforms themselves as agents,” she explains. “I remember that it wasn’t easy to get everyone on board at first.
KGIS was instrumental in creating awareness on various gender issues affecting girl’s education. The religious leaders supported the project by teaching their followers and making sure that there is no confusion regarding how the holy bible says about girl’s education.
In her own words, she stated that “we have been using various platforms to create awareness among our communities on various issues to improve girls’ education and mitigate norms and practices harmful to our girls” so far we have reached more than 7,000 parents and care givers, with positive feedbacks on perception on girls education. Speaking in front of her congregants
Wengelawi Aberash is very optimistic that the KGIS project will continue to support helping girls to continue their education. “The difference we made over the past few months especially in preventing various challenges that hampered girl’s education speaks for itself.”