A movement begins one girl at a time!
Adolescent girls in remote, rural Senegal and Kenya face so many obstacles on their path to leading independent, self-directed lives. After all, graduating from school can be very challenging when society is pressuring you to drop out, get married and start your own family. But these dedicated girls very much want to finish school—they just lack the financial, emotional, and scholastic support they need.
By partnering with incredible grassroots, women-led organizations on the ground where we work, we identify girls who are most at-risk of dropping out and provide them with the total package of support and services they need to stay in school and reach their highest potential—ensuring better lives for themselves, their families, and entire communities.
With your help, we can reach our goal to provide 150 life-changing scholarships for girls who need them!
Each $300 scholarship covers:
- School fees
- School break workshops, such as computer classes
- Lodging if necessary
- Mosquito nets
- Psychological support
- Health education and support
- Female genital mutilation (FGM) prevention resources
WGEP has implemented this program since our founding in 2003. In fact, it has been so successful in rural Senegal and Kenya that it was chosen as a “Best Practice” in Girls’ Education at the 2010 United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) global conference! Our model currently reaches over 730 primary and secondary scholars, over 600 adult literacy participants, 550 after-school club participants, and thousands of community members.
While our primary target population is primary and secondary grade-level girls, we also reach mothers and fathers through our adult literacy classes, young men and boys through our after-school clubs and countless community members, leaders, school officials and local representatives through our community meetings, events and workshops. As a result, over 80% of community members we reach report a positive change in attitude regarding gender equality and girls’ education. Further, our scholars boast a 90% retention rate—meaning that not only does our program break down the economic, social and cultural barriers keeping girls from accessing education, we also give these amazing girls everything they need to stay in and succeed in school.
On behalf of our partner organizations and our scholars, thank you so much for your support!
This project is supported by the Girls Opportunity Alliance.
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