Because little girls with dreams become women with vision.
Our mission is to harness the incredible power of education to drive change for girls and their communities.
How do we do this?
We provide access to quality education – in and out of the classroom!
It’s so important for girls to have the opportunity to finish high school – but we also know that getting girls in the classroom is just step one. To make sure they’re supported in all areas of their education, our Business Brains program provides girls with education and training in areas like career development and life skills!
girls have received education scholarships since 2011
young women completed an entrepreneurship course in 2018 (and 77 young men).
We support and inspire future female role models
In 2018, we launched the pilot of our teacher training scholarships! This new and exciting program is supporting teachers to become formally qualified. We’re working with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to provide potential teachers full scholarships to complete their qualifications by distance education, PLUS they’re guaranteed paid employment after graduation!
Teacher Scholarships were provided for female teachers to complete their qualifications
Women's Committee members, who support One Girl Scholars in school
We promote health and menstrual hygiene and tackle period taboos.
We believe that no girl should be held back just because Aunt Flo’s in town! That's why we run a life-changing WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) program in Sierra Leone, which aims to change behaviours and attitudes towards latrines. And our LaunchPad program is making sure girls have access to affordable, hygienic sanitary products. The program is educating communities on menstrual hygiene management; and it’s dispelling damaging myths about menstruation.
girls received education in water, sanitation and hygiene (along with 2,298 boys)
communities in Sierra Leone received education in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
latrine blocks have been built in schools
We advocate for sexual rights, safe relationships and respect for girls.
Through our Business Brains program, we run classes in sexual, reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and training sessions on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). As part of our Business Brains program, participants talked about issues including sex, sexual rights, reproduction, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, family planning methods and access, sexual abuse and harassment, self-defence against sexual violence, and HIV/AIDs causes and prevention methods.
girls are part of Girls' Clubs, where they can talk about sexual rights, teenage pregnancy and family planning
young people (165 young women and 81 young men) attended training sessions on sexual, reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in 2018
We champion gender equality by elevating the role and status of women and girls.
We are providing young women with life skills and business training so they have every opportunity to become financially independent. The training includes sessions on financial literacy, career development, sexual and reproductive health and menstrual hygiene management – it covers everything!
girls and boys received education in business skills
We work with well established implementing partners who have a long history of delivering high quality education programs across Sierra Leone and Uganda. We’re currently working with the amazing crew at Restless Development Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteers (SLSAV) Marie Stopes, Schools for Salone, Days for Girls, Programme for Children and our partner in Uganda, Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment.
We absolutely love our partners – seriously.
WHERE WE WORK
We currently work in Sierra Leone and Uganda. A girl born in Sierra Leone is more likely to be married before the age of 18 than she is to finish high school – and only 16% of girls complete high school.
And that’s why we’re working to change this. But we need you.