Families in Need Trust - FIN
FIN is a community-based development organisation dedicated to reducing poverty and empowering girls and women in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and surrounding rural areas. FIN uses sporting activities - a methodology called "Training for Transformation" - that aim to improve livelihoods and increase leadership and decision-making roles for girls and women within their community.
Supported by Women Win, FIN gives 370 adolescent girls and young women the opportunity to participate in netball, football or volleyball, and to discuss issues affecting their daily lives: HIV/AIDS and reproductive health issues, survival strategies, economic issues and gender roles.
Founder Jack Bbabbie on talking to girls about sexuality and pregnancy:
"We have a box and every girl is invited to drop an anonymous question into that box. If I find more than one question about a topic, such as sex, I invite a trained counselor to come in and talk with the girls about the issue. These women are trained to address issues such as prostitution, child pledging, abortion and so on."
Despite the challenging economic situation in Zimbabwe, FIN has also been successful in securing resources from local businesspeople for girls and women's games in the province and in the Women's Cup games.