Women for change 2014: Noushka Teixeira / Democratic Republic of the Congo

«Helping girls living in the streets to reintegrate society»


2014 special prize , for her project

In Kinshasa, many young girls and women live on the street and are at risk of violence. They must be protected and helped to find their place in society.



The concept: To support orphans and victims of sexual violence with no family contacts and no place to go. The majority of these girls are aged between 13 and 16.
Thirty girls are already being cared for in the children’s home, which was set up in 2010. They receive training as well as physical and psychological care in a safe environment, so they can recover and plan for the future.

The aim of the project: Set-up and furnish an educational centre in Kinshasa. The centre will look after young girls who are still living on the streets. As in the "Matumaini" centre, the girls will be housed and educated. They will acquire basic literacy, arithmetic, IT skills, etc. as well as being taught sewing and other skills to help them find jobs.
Manual, psychomotor and artistic activities as well as sessions with psychologists will help the girls to move forward despite past traumas.

The future: The new centre will provide a safe environment for 50 girls currently living in danger. By educating and offering the girls vocational training, they will also learn about their rights - their rights as children and their rights as they become women.

Name of the NGO: Matumaini

Project beneficiaries: around 50 young girls.


Women for Change, Thank you for your support!

The Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum are proud to present the Women for Change award, which honours women who are committed to helping their sisters in Africa.

From 15 September to 15 October, people voted online for one of the five women. The winner will receive funding from the Orange Foundation to support her project.

The project of Mariama Moussa (Niger), received the most votes and won a €25,000 grant. The results of the vote were announced during the opening dinner at the Women’s Forum, on October 15th.
The participants to this dinner had also their chance to vote and granted a second award of 25 000 euros to Noushka Teixeira (DRC).

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