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 run holistic programs that are designed by girls, for girls.
It’s so important for girls to have the opportunity to finish secondary school. But in order to truly change a girl’s life and break the cycle of poverty in her community, we must think more broadly about the reasons girls have been excluded from education for so long — and why they cause girls to drop out of school today.
We have to consider that a traditional school setting isn’t for everyone, and that even educated girls can’t get jobs if there are none available to her. That’s why our programs are designed by girls, for girls, both in and out of the classroom. We just support them every step of the way.
girls have received school scholarships.
young women have received vocational skills training.
We support and inspire future female role models
We know for many girls, if they can’t see it, they can’t be it.
That’s why we work with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to provide untrained female teachers with full scholarships to complete their qualifications by distance education. It means these women are guaranteed paid employment with the Ministry after they graduate, and the next generation of girls has positive female role models to look up to!
female teachers have recieved scholarships 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 too!
No girl should skip school just because she gets her period! But heaps still do.
That's why we educate EVERYONE about about menstrual hygiene — so girls know what to do when they get their period and their community understands it’s a completely natural part of life (and nothing to be ashamed of!). We also aim to improve attitudes towards water, sanititation and hygiene (WASH) and make sure girls have access to affordable sanitary products.
girls (and 2,298 boys) have been educated in water, sanitation and hygiene practices.
sanitary pads have been distributed.
We advocate for sexual rights, safe relationships and respect for girls.
All girls have the right to feel safe and in control of what happens to their own bodies.
That's why we have Girls Clubs, where girls can get together and learn about their sexual and reproductive rights, and discuss what a safe and respectful relationship looks like. And that's why we work with communities to challenge violence against women, reduce the rates of teenage pregnancy and child marriage, and increase awareness of sexual health services.
girls and young women have been part of Girls' Clubs.
people have been trained as sexual and reproductive health and rights community educators!
We champion gender equality by elevating the role and status of women and girls.
We help girls to create the future they want for themselves. By providing young women with life skills and business training, they have every opportunity to become financially independent and leaders in their communities.
We train girls, both in and out of school, in skills such as business management (including bookkeeping, profit and loss and savings etc), personal development, leadership and decision-making. We support young women entrepreneurs in their business dreams, so they can go on to employ other young women in the community. We help girls set goals and create plans to make them happen!
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.