Empowerment Camps and Fun Run!
The Komera Project sponsors an annual “Girls Fun Run” in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda, which draws over 400 participants and promotes girls’ empowerment and education through sport. It is a girls-only event that not only empowers the girls but also encourages the local boys to support the girls as they complete the run. The run provides a platform for the community to gather and celebrate the women and girls of Rwinkwavu.
Following the fun run, the Komera Project and IMB host the Komera/IMB scholars for an afternoon of empowerment, education and camaraderie. This camp is one in a series of empowerment camps. Building community and trust among the scholars is an important aspect of our program. Many Komera scholars do not have a family or a support system, and their fellow scholars become their network. The Empowerment Camp facilitates open communication, discussion of local issues, and health related education.
In addition to building a community of support, the Komera/IMB Scholars are given targeted training modules on leadership and social entrepreneurship. The Komera Project believes that social change can and will be driven by women at the grassroots level.