Before this project, there were a lot of barriers to girls who wanted an education: The costs of uniforms and stationery were too much for many families; Popular opinion said it was more useful for girls to help at home, or to marry early; and those who were encouraged to attend school faced walking up to three hours each way. They’d arrive at school late, tired and hungry, with little energy left to concentrate.
Hearing from girls who had been abused on the long walk to school, the difficulty of the situation became all too clear.
Thanks to our donors – including a generous legacy gift – our Girls' Education Challenge project has been changing all of this.
Working with girls, schools and parents, we've:
- started clubs, supporting girls in schools
- trained and resourced teachers in 297 schools
- supported parents and girls, so their periods don't stop them going to schools
- provided bicycles to 25,000 children who live far from their schools (in partnership with World Bicycle Relief)
- formed community savings and loans groups. Parents can increase and protect their income - and afford the uniforms and books their children need.
19-year-old Nicole, an ambitious and articulate high school student wants to be a journalist when she finishes school.
However, not so long ago this seemed like little more than a dream. Nicole's journey to school was long, exhausting and fraught with danger. She told us:
“At times it was easier for me to stay at home than to start the long journey to school.”
The Girls' Education Challenge is giving girls, like Nicole, the chance to get to school every day and reach their full potential.
The real legacy is not in the amount given, but in the lives of girls like Nicole and her friends, as they work towards achieving their dreams. And the change will last. The next generation will grow up with mums who are educated, in communities that value their girls' potential.
Imagine what a gift in your Will could do.