The event will be hosted by Evie Grace Foundation and MC’ed by local newsreader Will Boddington. There will be live entertainment & music, a delicious three-course meal, a three hour alcohol package, a raffle, and some exciting surprises. Over refreshments and sparkles, you'll hear about this life changing project from our founder Maddi Kent, an inspirational Colac woman and child abuse survivor, paving the way for female education and empowerment initiatives in East Africa.
We can’t wait to see you there!
Tickets: $100 (alcohol incl.) / $70 (non-alcoholic only)
Where: Colac Lake Bowls Club: 4 Armstrong St, Colac VIC 3250
When: Saturday 19th June - 6.30pm until late
Dress code: Black Tie/Formal Attire
*Please note: this is an 18+ event. A three-course meal, beverages and entertainment are included in your ticket price. Dietary requirements will need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org upon purchasing a ticket.
Why a Therapeutic Rescue Home for Street Girls in Malawi?
Known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, Malawi is a small, landlocked country in South East Africa. Malawi is one of the poorest countries globally with 70% of its population living below the poverty line, and despite making some significant progress in recent years, such high levels of poverty have a grave impact on the wellbeing of children who face a number of additional vulnerabilities.
The number of children growing up on the streets in Malawi is rising due to poverty, HIV and AIDS, child abuse and neglect. They go hungry, sleep in dangerous places, and face constant threats of physical, emotional and sexual violence. Girls face added challenges of pregnancy, early childbearing and motherhood. No child deserves growing up without companionship, love and protection, having no access to education or medical services, or losing their dignity and childhood.
Working closely with local partners and governmental bodies, this project will effectively rescue and home up to 60 girls between the ages of 0-18 who have been living on the streets. Through the implementation of specific trauma informed therapeutic models of care, we will provide them with the support of a secure, loving environment that empowers them to become self-reliant, productive and healthy members of their communities, setting them on the path to become leaders for social change.
Our vision is to create a safe and loving home for the girls that we support with all the critical resources they need to thrive, including food, clothing, shelter, education, medical attention, psychological care and love. Fundamentally, this project relies on prevention and education to rescue children from a life on the streets and build their resilience.
The long-term impact of this project means that the number of children living on the streets will be reduced, and in cases where poverty, not abandonment, was the major driver of separation, reintegration with families and communities will be achieved. Our girls will get a better quality of life, and will overcome the challenges preventing them from realising their potential. We will mitigate their exposure to exploitation and prepare them for reintegration into society. As a result, they will face a much brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities.
The power of people is real and your engagement with us has been essential to our work. Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to welcoming you to our event in June 2021.
To find out more about our Therapeutic Home for Street Girls, see here.