Girls Education International

The mission of Girls Education International is to expand and support educational opportunities for underserved females in remote and developing regions of the world. We work with existing non-governmental and nonprofit organizations in the regions we serve. These local organizations already have relationships and infrastructures in the rural communities where we work that allow us to build upon and maximize existing resources.
Dec 15, 2014

Educating 100 Girls_Girls Ed Project Update

Girls Ed and Bedari Launch New Program
Girls Ed and Bedari Launch New Program

Dear Girls Education International Supporters,

First of all - Happy Holidays and very best wishes for the New Year!!

We would like to share some updates about our scholarship programs in Liberia, Pakistan and Tanzania.

In Liberia, a country devastated by the deadly Ebola outbreak, schools have closed until February. We can fortunately report that all of the girls in our program, and their families are healthy. Our in country partner, Liberia Now has been working tirelessly to make sure all the students and their families have home sanitation kits as well as access to medical clinics to ensure they are well.

A concern in Liberia is that the outbreak, and consequent disruption in schooling, may result in decreased opportunities for girls' education. Girls in Liberia have always been challenged when it comes to getting an education - for various reasons, including traditional expectations about the role of girls in the family and community. We feel confident that Liberia Now will ensure that the girls in our program are supported in making the transition back to school when it opens again in the new year. Sometimes, it just takes a little extra encouragement to keep working toward one's dreams!

In Tanzania, our first group of girls has finished their first year of secondary school. They faced many challenges in their transition from primary to secondary school. In the first place, they are now studying primarily in the English langauge, for which many of them were not prepared. In addition, the number of girls in secondary school, as compared with primary school, is reduced. However, when we met with them in August to find out how they were experiencing secondary school, they were all smiles! They said that while it's difficult for them, they are grateful for the opportunity and they know what a difference this education will make in their lives, and those of their loved ones.

In Pakistan, we recently celebrated the move to sustainability for girls' education in the first villages with which we have been working. In partnership with Bedari, we have been supporting girls in school for 5 years. We committed to do so until the families in the villages viewed girls' education as a priority - and they have. Inspired by the girls in our program, other girls began to attend school with their families' support.

Now, the families of all the girls in school have taken on the responsibility for their education, independent of external assistance. This was always the goal and we reached it! Happily, Girls Education International and Bedari have moved into 4 new villages - Maria, Thirchak, Chakki Rangpur, and Dharyala Kahoon - where we are supporting a new cohort of 60 girls!

Thank you for all of your support thus far! Without you, none of this would be possible or sustainable.

We would love your continued support. Here are some ideas for how you can help our pograms thrive:

  1. You can share this report with the buttons below. Social Media is one of the biggest agents of change in the world today, so let's put it to good use. Sharing is caring!
  2. You can create your own online fundraiser! Just select the green fundraiser button on our project page (scroll down below the second orange donate button). You can personalize it to go along with an event (e.g., wedding, holiday party, birthday) and invite your friends to give the gift of education.
  3. And of course, you can simply donate. As the new year approaches, we hope that you will consider Girls Education International projects when planning your end of year giving! Our projects are small and therefore, you can be sure that your contribution goes right to the students in Liberia, Tanzania and Pakistan. 

Sincerely,

The Girls Education Team

Rai and the Girls in Tanzania
Rai and the Girls in Tanzania
Nov 26, 2014

Ebola and Girls Ed Liberian Scholarship Girls

Dear Girls Ed Liberia Project Donors and Supporters,

As you know, the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is centered in three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Fortunately, the spread of Ebola in Liberia seems to be slowing and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced recently that "we want to have zero cases by Christmas." While Ebola could certainly flare up again at any time, this is good news for a country that has been hard hit by the epidemic.

But the best news for all of us? The Girls Ed students in Liberia and their families are all healthy! Our in-country partner Liberia Now has been instrumental in distributing home sanitation kits, re-opening their medical clinic and keeping tabs on our girls, and we can't thank them enough for jumping in to help curb the epidemic. 

In an effort to keep Ebola from spreading, Liberian schools have been closed since July and will not be re-opened until at least February 2015. This means every single child's education has come to a standstill. Liberia's educational system was just recovering from years of civil war, and literacy rates there are already low.

There is a concern that the longer Liberian schools stay closed, the more students will drop out. Teenaged girls, who often take over for mothers who are ill or have died, are most at risk of never resuming their education. (See the attached article for more information). Our hope is that if we continue to support our girls' education, they will be able to come back when schools re-open.

With the holiday season upon us, we ask you to consider a gift to the GEI Liberia project. With your generous support, our educated girls will make a much bigger contribution to their country's recovery from Ebola's devastation.

With Gratitude,

Mary Ann

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Nov 21, 2014

Education Has Become Priority_Final Project Report

Launch Ceremony_Pakistan
Launch Ceremony_Pakistan

Greetings Girls Education Pakistan Project Supporters!

It is with great joy that we share with you our final project report for this Girls Ed Pakistan program. Can you believe it's been five years! And now, we are not only fully funded, but the program is self-sustaining and thus, we are moving onward and upward into new villages to support 100 new girls in Pakistan!

Here's an exciting recap of what you helped us accomplish (based on the report from our in country partner NGO, Bedari). Get ready to feel your heart smile!!

Girls Education is now a trend in Laphi! As reported by Bedari volunteer Mr. Murtaza, the village of Laphi now has a new batch of girls with secondary education after a gap of 30 years.

  • Now there are 20 girls with a completed secondary education. This includes girls who were not sponsored through the Bedari/GEI project, but started going to secondary school after being inspired by the girls in our program! 
  • Another 9 girls are waiting for their final exam results.
  • Most impressively, 20 additionally girls are going to secondary school now without any support from an NGO. Families are on board and girls education is supported locally! 

“I believe nobody can stop our girls from going to school now.” - Mr. Murtaza.

The Future of a Village. Our partners at Bedari believe that the village of Laphi will change beyond recognition in the coming 10 years as these girls will soon be earning, mothering and mentoring the new generation. 

Success Stories!! One of our students, Awatif, has completed her graduation after 14 years of education. She is now working as a teacher at a local adult literacy center! Another student, Sobia, received a scholarship from the government to continue her studies after completing secondary education.

Child Marriages Subsiding! Last but not least, this project has contributed significantly to the reduction of child marriages. Of all the girls who benefitted from this project, only one girl got married at the age of 17. Some girls are now 20 years old, and still unmarried. This is going to have a huge impact on the health, family size, decision making, and overall empowerment of girls in the community in the long run.

WHY IS THE PROJECT CLOSING?

Two Great Reasons:

1. It became sustainable! After 5 years, the increase in girls attending secondary school has risen significantly, even outside of this project. The influence of the project on this trend is undeniable. We acknowledge, along with Bedari, that a reasonable period of intervention in one village should be around 5 years. We cannot (and should not) provide support to girls in one village infinitely. That would create dependency. We should focus on villages where girls’ education is not a priority, intervene for 5 years, make girls’ education a priority and leave when it becomes a priority. Guess what - in the original villages we began working with - Girls Education is now a PRIORITY! Bravo and Thank you for your support!!

2. We are moving on with more girls in more villages! The project has concluded in the orignial villages, but now we continue our partnership with Bedari in a new project. This project aims to support 100 new girls in the villages of Maria, Thirchak, Chakki Rangpur, and Dharyala Kahoon. The photos you see are from the ceremony held in Dharyala Kahoon to celebrate the launch of our girls education project. In attendance was the principal of the nearest secondary school, where most of this village's girls will continue their education. We foresee a promising relationship with this school's administration.

Again, we have to express our deepest gratitude to all of you for your support over the past several years. When we donate to causes around the world, it's hard to know what impact we've really had. Thanks to our partner, Bedari, we have been able to keep you updated on the girls, and now, share the amazing impact this project has had on entire communities. It's truly remarkable and we are so happy to have had you along for this journey! Thank you!

Please, continue to support us in our efforts to increase awareness about girls education, support girls in Pakistan, and ensure that girls ed is a priority! You can do so by supporting us through this new project on GlobalGiving.

Thank you so much!

The Girls Ed Team & Bedari

GEI Expansion in Pakistan
GEI Expansion in Pakistan

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