As advocates for gender rights and equality, Theatre for a Change (TFaC) seeks to empower women and girls with a high risk of poor sexual health. TFac hopes that by equipping young girls and women with necessary skills, they are empowered to fight for equality and their human rights.
TFaC employ a combination of methodologies with the most integral one being Interactive Theatre. Through Interactive Theatre, individuals and groups are engaged on physical, intellectual and emotional levels. This enable them to explore their experience the world and the dynamics that underpin this experience. These methodologies help to develop the communication skills of the participants.
To date, TFaC have trained 5,000 teachers in Malawi, Ghana, Togo and impacted the lives of 20,500 children. This remarkable charity are currently nominated for the British High Commission Charity of the Year award.
Tell us about the premise behind your Charity
Theatre for a Change aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health of vulnerable and marginalised groups. We achieve our goal through using innovative, participatory methodologies that work on the belief that participants are experts in their own lives and have, as individuals and within their communities, the solutions to the challenges they face.
How does it feel to be nominated for the Charity of the Year award and what would winning mean to you?
Theatre for a Change Ghana has been running for 10 years, and it is wonderful to be recognised for the work we do on an international stage. Winning would be really exciting, as it would help us to advocate our message of the importance of sexual and gender rights, far and wide.
What do you think about the GUBA Awards?
We were fortunate enough to be nominated for the GUBA Awards last year. GUBA is a great way of bringing together a whole range of people who are all passionate about making positive change in Ghana and celebrating Ghanaian excellence.
Where does your motivation come from?
It is hard not to be motivated when you meet our participants. We work particularly with women and girls who are extremely marginalised – for example a really important project for us at the moment is one working with female sex workers who are living and working in a brothel in Old Fadama (Sodom and Gomorrah) in Accra. When you meet these women, hear their stories, and talk to them about the ways they are determined to change their lives and the lives of their children for the better, it is incredibly inspiring.
Do you have any plans of expanding your Charity?
For now we are just concentrating on doing the best job we can for our participants. However, we are about to start some interesting new projects with a variety of partners including Marie Stopes Ghana and the Ghana AIDS Commission, so we will see what new opportunities they bring.
Are you involved in any other projects?
Theatre for a Change also has an office in Malawi, which we work with in partnership. They are running similar programmes and using the same methodologies, both organisations focus on ensuring they provide specific programmes that suit the context in which they work, and support the needs of our participants.
What message would you give to upcoming Charities/Foundations?
To always listen to participants, and trust that they know best what change they want to see and how that change needs to happen.
Do you have anything else you would want to add?
As an organisation we are really proud of the unique ways we monitor and measure our impact. We believe it is vital to be accountable, to our participants and to our donors and stakeholders. If you would like to learn more about how we do this and the impact our programmes have had over the years, then our website has a whole host of reports from internal and external evaluators which will give you a good sense of what our aims are, and how we achieve them. http://www.tfacafrica.com/What-we-do/Monitoring-Evaluation-Learning
TFaC are doing some outstanding work within the society. GUBA encourages everyone to support this worthy cause.
Vote for Theatre For a Change for the British High Commission Charity of the Year at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bhc-charity
Visit http://www.tfacafrica.com/ to find out more about TFaC.