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75 Girls Graduate from differe…

23-08-2017

Another Milestone for GCC as 75 Girls Graduate from different Secondary Schools under the GCC Female Students Scholarship Scheme (FSSS) !!!!!!!!   Six years ago, under the Girl Child Concerns Female Students Scholarship Scheme...

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GCC RMNCAH Advocacy Project pa…

04-10-2016

Keke is a community under Chikun LGEA of Kaduna State.   The absence of a Health Care Centre within Keke community aggravates the challenges the women face in terms of accessing...

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Send Your Child to School or R…

15-08-2016

  Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Saturday insisted that parents who failed to send their children to school in September in the state would be jailed. The governor, who stated...

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GIRL CHILD CONCERNS TEAM ON A…

24-05-2016

GIRL CHILD CONCERNS TEAM ON  AN ADVOCACY VISIT TO THE CARETAKER CHAIRPERSON OF CHIKUN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA IN KADUNA STATE HAJIYA HADIZA LADI YAHUZA  GCC Staff And Representatives of Keke Comunity...

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GCC Advocacy pays off-Kurmin K…

31-03-2016

The people of Kurmin Kaduna will soon have a cause to smile, courtesy of the magnanimity of the State Governor Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, who has approved the construction of a...

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GCC Organises Zonal Consultati…

22-03-2016

Girl Child Concerns GCC has taken the lead in organizing a zonal consultative workshop on development process of a National Safe Spaces Curriculum recently. The workshop which attracted many stakeholders...

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Empowering Internally Displace…

09-03-2016

GCC Empowering Internally Displaced Women in IDP Camps in Borno Girl Child Concerns (GCC)  in a new initiative is Supporting women in IDP camps to start viable economic activities with the...

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GIRL CHILD CONCERNS SCHOOL VIS…

09-03-2016

GIRL CHILD CONCERNS MONTHLY SCHOOL VISITAION AND SAFE SPACES   Girl Child Concerns (GCC) Visitation Team With Beneficiaries of the Organization's Scholarship Scheme during the Recent School Visit To Different Schools   It was...

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PLIGHT OF THE GIRL-CHILD

24-02-2016

PLIGHT OF THE GIRL-CHILD The young girls trooped into the conference room of the Sambo Road office of Girl Child Concerns GCC with hope on their faces and a spring in...

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Community Outreach Pictures

24-02-2016

DISTRICT HEADS OF AWAI, TAMBA,TUDUN SAIBU, BAUDA, KINKIBA, GIMBA,KWADARO, WAMBA,TOFA, TASHAN ITAHO ALL UNDER SOBA LGA DURING A SENSITIZATION PROGRAM FOR TRADITIONAL RULERS ON GE GCC STAFF ON THE WAY TO KURMIN...

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Village Head Goes Emotional Du…

23-02-2016

The sarki (Village Head) of Keke B got emotional during a GCC RMNCAH advocacy visit. The Village head shared his experience, though bitter on RMNCAH saying: "I lost my daughter...

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Community Engagement

23-02-2016

Community Engagement One of the key objectives of GCC is to create community awareness and sustain interest of community members in girl child education. GCC also supports inventive ways for communities...

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Dausiya Rufai

My name is Dausiya Rufa’i. I come from a poor Northern family in Kudan Local government, Zaria. My dad is a farmer and my mum a full time house wife. This has been the status of my Family since I was born. 

In my local government, female education has a very low percentage; they believe that after primary school level, the girl should be in her husband’s house. lack of education and early child marriage are some of the common things in my Local government and the northern part of Nigeria generally.

 I am one of the few people whose parents struggled to send to school out of the little money they have. Soon as I completed my Primary 5 level at LEA primary school Hunkuyi, my parents and other relatives started asking me to present a husband (as a normal practice back there), this also had to do with the fact that we had no/very little money and they could not afford to pay for another school so getting married was to save the costs.

I was okay with the idea of getting married because it is a normal thing for girls to get married at a very young age, and I could not tell the importance of further education because I did not grow to see any girl in the neighborhood further their studies. Personally, the reason why i  went to primary school was because I was enrolled and my parent told me to do so, school was more like a meeting place for me and my class mates to play.

In 2004, I earned a primary school certificate. What next? Marriage as my parentS had planned. They  had someone in mind for me in case I told them I had no one to marry. But luck smiled at me.  One  good blessed day, a friend of my dad came to the house, he and my dad had not seen for a long time because he travelled, so they had a lot to talk about. As their discussion went on, the friend told him about a scholarship program introduced to our Local government by a registered and legit non-governmental organization called Girl Child Concerns (GCC). My dad was not comfortable with the idea of taking me (as a girl) away from home and living me in the hands of people whom we know nothing about, in addition to that, he thought to himself, who will help my mum with all the house chores when I’m gone and how sure are they that this people are to be trusted?

It was a struggle getting my dad to consider this option for me, but his friend been an educated man had solid information about this organization. He had heard a lot about them and how they have helped in the improvement of communities by encouraging and supporting child education in different communities for years.

After some time, we met the program officer  and the other officials where we wrote an exam and we were interviewed.

I passed the test and was enrolled  into Queen Amina collage, where I started from JSS1 -SS3. School life was as sweet as lollipop even though initially  I was catapulted in to the world of loneliness being taken away from home but with the encouragement of GCC Staff it is now history..

Apart from class education, I and other GCC beneficiaries had other advantageous privileges such as the annual retreat program which was designed to bring all GCC beneficiaries together and  to remind us of our options  in life. During this retreat, they would enlighten us more on the importance of education, dangers of early marriage, expected life challenges and more.

It is a golden opportunity to be a GCC beneficiary because if not for this organization, I am certain I would have been married with kids by now, probably in the same gloomy situation. This program has not only helped me but my family as a whole and many other young girls especially those from poor families whose parent cannot afford to send them to school.

I successfully graduated from Queen Amina College in 2011 and currently, I am an ND-2 computer science student at Federal polytechnic, Bauchi. Today, I am able to stand in front of crowds due to the self-esteem/confidence I have also gained during this period. I am very thankful to Girl child concerns for the life time priviledge they have offered me and as a way of showing my appreciation, I will like to partake In GCC programs designed to assist young girls, so that I can share my experience with them and remind them what a great opportunity they have at hand.

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