Women's Global Education Project

Women's Global Education Project was founded on the idea that everyone is entitled to an education, regardless of gender or economic status. We believe that universal education, gender equality and empowerment of women are critical to a society's development. Our mission is to provide access to education and develop training program that empower women and girls, particularly those in developing nations, to build better lives and foster equitable communities.
Apr 17, 2015

I want to become an important person: Fana's story

Fana, back left, with classmates
Fana, back left, with classmates

Your support has impacted the lives of hundreds of girls and their communities in rural Senegal. Thanks to people like you, Fana has been given the chance to finally attend school and has encouraged other girls in her community to go to school too! She recognizes the importance of educating girls and has used the skills she’s learned from the program to help others. Here is her story:

“My name is Fana and I am 19 years old; I am a scholar in high school in Sokone in the “Sisters to School” program. Education is often considered the fastest method for changing conditions for girls and their families, and is also the best way to fight poverty.

My village didn’t have a school when I began my studies. The closest school was 2 kilometers away in Sokone. My parents didn’t have the means necessary to pay for my studies. It was very difficult but I was getting by.

When I passed 6th grade, I started middle school in Sokone; things became more complicated when I was housed with a family where the father didn’t want anyone to light the lamps in the bedrooms to do schoolwork at night. This made me a little crazy because I loved my studies and I wanted to be among the best in my class. Luckily, Madame Adji’s (Senegal Project Director) daughter was in my class and explained the problem to her mom. Madame Adji invited me to her house in the evenings so that I was able to study until 10pm. At the end of the year, one of our teachers began housing me. This is where I live during the school year, even today. I live in better conditions.

I became a scholar in high school in 2013. I regularly received enrollment expenses, school supplies, toiletries, training, and advising. I took summer classes in 2013 to prepare for the 2014 final exam. In sum, the program has allowed me to improve my academic performance, and I won the Prize of Excellence in French at high school in Sokone.

My parents support education for girls, but do not have the means necessary to support my sisters. My village has a school now, and I support the girls in my village, encouraging them in their studies and educating them based on the training I’ve received through the program. We also educate parents, especially the mothers of girls. The whole village likes the school, and all the children go there.

I want to become an important person and work in a field that supports vulnerable populations, especially women.”

Thank you for your support and commitment to Women’s Global Education Project and for helping young women like Fana!

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Jan 29, 2015

Thank you for helping more girls say "NO!" to FGM!

ARP participants on the final day of the program
ARP participants on the final day of the program

Our Alternative Rite of Passage program (ARP) is a week-long event that is held each December with our Kenyan partner organization, Tharaka Women’s Welfare Project (TWWP). Called “Circumcision with Words”, this program seeks to combat the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) by addressing its cultural and social underpinnings on multiple levels.

In December 2014, 250 girls participated in our program! Since its initial implementation by WGEP in 2007, the ARP program has helped over 1,300 rural Kenyan girls and their families abandon the harmful and deeply rooted tradition of FGM.

Moreover, due to its great popularity and increasing demand, WGEP also included 58 boys in an ARP-like retreat program. Participants discussed safe male circumcision and publicly supported their sisters, cousins and female friends in standing up against FGM. This boys program was initiated in 2013 with 32 male participants.

Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who make this work possible!

We are excited to see how both our boys and girls programs expand and grow together!

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Jan 29, 2015

Thank you for helping WGEP scholars like Mbarou

Mbarou, right, with a classmate.
Mbarou, right, with a classmate.

Here is a letter from WGEP Senegal scholar Mbarou about her daily life and aspirations:

"Hi, my name is Mbarou and I am 15 years old. I live with my parents and 6 brothers and sisters. Every morning, I get up at 5am to go over my lessons. I eat breakfast at 7am and go to school at 7:30; I go home to eat lunch at 2:30pm and return to school at 3:30. When I get home from school, I am able to relax a bit. Then I do my household chores and eat dinner at 8pm. After dinner, I do my schoolwork from 8pm to 11.

For fun, I like to talk to my parents about life. I also like to do math exercises with my friends. My favorite subject in school is Earth and Life Sciences because it is important for my future: I want to grow up to be the Minister of Health. My proudest moment in school was when I received the best grade in science. One of the most interesting things I have learned from this program is how to protect oneself against microbes.

I plan on supporting the education of girls through my own success and on informing and motivating others about the importance of education. Success in education is the key to fighting poverty."

Thank you for providing a brighter future for girls like Mbarou!

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