Our scholarships provide a girl with everything she needs for school. Books, bag, uniform, school fees, shoes – you name it!
But we don’t stop there. Day-to-day realities mean challenges are bound to come up. So we make sure we’re there to support girls any way we can – all the way through to their graduation.
In 2018, we had an independent evaluator take a good, hard look at our Scholarships program to analyse just how impactful it really is. Not to toot our own horn, but the findings from this evaluation are pretty incredible!
3 WAYS OUR SCHOLARSHIPS SUPPORT GIRLS
RESPONDING TO NEEDS
In Sierra Leone we introduced a mentorship program that gives One Girl Scholars extra social support and guidance during high school by connecting them with other girls and women in their community.
REGULARLY CHECK IN
No matter how excited girls are to go back to school, it can be tricky to readjust, particularly after many of them have been out of school for years. That’s why we check-in with them regularly. If a problem arises, we work with the school, community and family to provide whatever support they need.
START TO FINISH
Once a girl becomes a One Girl Scholar, we support her right up until she graduates. For some girls that means we are with them all the way through senior school and into their alumni years as well.
WHERE DO WE GIVE SCHOLARSHIPS?
We’re currently working in the rural and urban areas of Sierra Leone and Uganda.
Although girls face different challenges depending on where they grow up, and their own unique circumstances, one thing is certain.
Education changes everything.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A GIRL LEAVES SCHOOL?
Becoming a One Girl scholar changes a girl’s life. But all around her the poverty and disadvantage continue. Once she’s finished school, she needs all the breaks she can get.
So we launched an Alumni Program.
It’s in pilot stage at the moment, but the plan is that Graduates can continue their education through vocational training, computer classes, volunteer opportunities, and even a University Scholarship! They’ll also get to build a network where they can share experiences and support each other. And that can be incredibly powerful.
Watch this space!