This project supports girls in Sierra Leone who are at risk of dropping out of school by providing scholarships, books and school supplies, vocational training and business development opportunities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Only 54% of enrolled girls in Sierra Leone successfully complete their primary education. The greatest barriers to on-going education of girls in Sierra Leone are school-related costs, poverty, sexual abuse, early pregnancies and teen marriages. Due to a lack of social safety nets in Sierra Leone, girls from poor and marginalized families are denied access to basic education. They fall through the cracks ending up in dead-end, hopeless situations.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will provide scholarships for girls in Sierra Leone to support their continued education, and girl-mothers will be equipped with marketable skills and business startup funds to generate regular income to become self-sufficient.
Potential Long Term Impact
At-risk girls will become emancipated women when given the chance to be well-educated, and develop into useful citizens who are gainfully employed and self-sufficient. Receiving support to continue and complete their education will give them the opportunity to break out of the vicious cycle that entraps unskilled and resource-poor girls.
Total Funding Received to Date: $20,041
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,959
Total Funding Goal: $25,000