BRAVE: On the Road
BRAVE: On the Road
Since 2009, BRAVE/Rock Girl, an award-winning non-profit organization, has trained young women to be advocates for themselves and their communties. In November 2016, BRAVE was one of only four organizations from sub-Saharan Africa and one of only 20 around the world to win the With and For Girls Award. This award honours organisations that are impacting girls lives and helping girls become leaders in their communities and countries. In December 2017, the first eight girls who founded BRAVE in 2019 graduated high school and are now leading the organization.
BRAVE is back the Road!
In June 2015, we launched BRAVE Rock Girl On the Road to take teenage girls from South Africa on road trips across the country to meet other girls and document their stories. They also meet inspirational women and men who are working to end violence against women and girls and create a society where the rights of all are respected. On their return, they produce radio shows for the national radio station, photo exhibit,s and short films about what it means to be a girl in South Africa today. They also meet with senior government officials and community leaders to demand solutions to the challenges girls face.
Most importantly, BRAVE is broadening the circle of sisterhood.
These girls are brave.
In the Cape Flats outside Cape Town, where many of the Rock Girls live, girls dodge bullets on the way to school due to gang violence. Many are dealing with PTSD and secondary trauma. For the last nine years, BRAVE has given them a safe space where they can experience their curiosity, intelligence, resourcefulness, joy and strength.
BRAVE advocates for:
* Access to free, quality education from grade 1 to grade 12, and beyond, including transportation to get there safely.
* Reproductive health care from an early age
* Freedom from all forms of sexual, domestic, and physical violence in their homes, schools, communities, and jobs.
On our road trip in October 2016 to the North West and Gauteng Provinces, we spent time in the Platinum Belt near Rustenburg where Medicins sans Frontieres estimates 55,000 girls are raped each year. We spoke on community radio and demanded prosecution of those who rape and sexually assault girls. We also met with Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron to find out how to use the constitution to create lasting solutions for girls.
In December 2017 we were on our BRAVE bus again, which we purchased with your support. It is outfitted to be a mobile recording studio and a safe space for girls to meet. This time 30 girls went on our fifth Leadership Camp, and 16 went on our fourth Road Trip to the Cedarberg area, where we helped girls establish our first rural Rock Girl chapter.
In 2018, we are going across borders and oceans to continue creating the next generation of girl leaders.
Every dollar you contribute supports these young women as they become activists and advocates for themselves and for girls across the country.
$2500 covers the entire cost of one Rock Girl's travel for 10 days
$500 will pay for the group to camp in a nature reserve.
$250 will cover one day’s food and supplies.
$100 will provide park and museum entrance fees for the group.
$50 will cover our daily internet fees so we can update from the road.
$50,000 will support ten girls on an international Road Trip.
PLEASE DONATE TODAY
You can make a big difference in their lives.
Experiencing other cultures, different languages, new foods, and more importantly, new perspectives can be a life-changing experience.
For many of the girls, it's the first time they have traveled beyond the city limits. On each trip, BRAVE helps girls far off the beaten path establish support groups in their own communities. Back home, they lead groups in their schools to reach more girls and bridge the geographic, racial, and economic divides between young women.
This is where you come in. These young women have been supporting themselves and one another. Please help us widen the circle of support. Your financial contribution, no matter the size, can help change the trajectory of these girls' lives.
Risks & Challenges
These trips are a big undertaking. And a big responsibility. We have received incredible support from the local tourism industry. Since 2016, girls have been trained by Escape+Explore as Adventure Guides and share their experiences with visitors to South Africa. Guides, scientists, judges, prosecutors and rangers are donating their time to be with us.
Several hotels, hostels and game reserves have hosted us at no charge. On each trip, we have a trained facilitator, radio producer, certified medical support, a professional driver, and an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. If you would like to join one of our trips, please contact us!
We are committed to amplifying the voices of these powerful and brave young women.
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India Baird, Founder - Rock Girl
Sue Jaye Johnson - Partner - Rock Girl
In 2018, we are embarking on our next adventure - taking girls from South Africa and the United States, as well as Rwanda and Tanzania, on cross-Atlantic Road Trips to share their stories, talk with other girls and find solutions to the challenges all girls face today. The girls will hear about issues of education, safety, health and economic empowerment facing girls and women, but they will also learn about the role women played in the past, including civil rights activists like Rosa Parks and anti-apartheid heroines like Albertina Sisulu. We are once again reaching out to you to help us raise funds for these trips, as well as for funding to create powerful digital stories that can be used by the girls to train even more young women leaders when they return home. And if you are in South Africa or the United States, and in particular in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, or Mississippi, and want to get involved, let us know. We would love to hear from you as we create the next generation of girl leaders and adventurers!
We have our own BRAVE overland truck now, but we need help to get us on the road. R20,000 (about US $1600) will cover petrol costs (it is a big truck and we travel thousands of kilometers!), R10,000 (US$800) covers one girls' costs of the trip. But any donation is welcomed. The girls will meet with the all-female anti-poaching group, the Black Mambas and find ways for women in conservation to work together with Rock Girl to reduce the threats to both humans and wildlife living on the borders of Kruger. For those of you who have supported us so generously in the past, thank you. We would love your support again. Please share with your friends and help us get more girls on the road.