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 secondary 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 school scholarships.
young women received vocational skills training.
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 untrained teachers with full scholarships to complete their qualifications by distance education, PLUS they’re guaranteed paid employment with the Ministry after they graduate!
Teacher Scholarships were provided for female teachers to complete their qualifications
Women's Committee members support One Girl Scholars in our partner schools
We promote health and menstrual hygiene and tackle period taboos.
We believe that no girl should be held back just because she gets her period! That's why we ran a life-changing WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) program in Sierra Leone, which ensured
that girls could access toilets at school and aimed to improve behaviours and attitudes towards proper hygiene. And our LaunchPad program is making sure girls have access to affordable, hygienic sanitary products, is educating students and whole communities on menstrual hygiene management and WASH, and is dispelling damaging myths about menstruation and hygiene.
girls received education in water, sanitation and hygiene (along with 2,298 boys).
sanitary pads have been distributed to communities through LaunchPad!
latrine blocks have been built in four schools.
We advocate for sexual rights, safe relationships and respect for girls.
Through our Business Brains program, we run school classes in sexual, reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and training sessions on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). prevention. Through Girls’ Clubs, girls can talk about their sexual rights, management of their periods, and family planning. As part of our new Rights Relationship and Respect program, we aim to reduce the rates of teenage pregnancy and violence against women and girls through targeted community education and increasing access to sexual health services.
girls and young women have been part of Girls' Clubs.
community members coached to become sexual and reproductive health and rights community educators!
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 young women received education in business and life 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.