Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal

Jun 17, 2013

Making a personal difference: Meet our scholars

WGEP ED Amy, scholar Safora, and board member Lily
WGEP ED Amy, scholar Safora, and board member Lily

Thank you for your continued support of Women's Global Education Project! Your support helps us provide scholarships and support to girls in rural Senegal who would otherwise not have the chance to go to school--girls like Safora, whose inspiring story tells us that our work is making a difference--thank you for partnering with us!


WGEP Senegal scholar Safora has always been a trailblazer. Nearly 10 years ago, she became the first in her family of 12 children to go to school when she joined our Sisters-to-School program. She is a dedicated student who does well in school and earns top grades, and the program provides her with the support she needs to do her best in school. “I want to make a better life for myself and my family,” she says. 

Not only did Safora complete primary school, but she is now--against all the odds stacked against girls in rural villages like hers--about to complete middle school and enter high school.

Safora personally knows the power that education has to change lives, and she wants to make sure other girls in her village have the same chance she has. In addition to her school work, she is now tutoring a WGEP primary school scholar.


May 10, 2013


WGEP Senegal scholar Yacine
WGEP Senegal scholar Yacine

Thank you for your continued support of Women's Global Education Project! Your support helps us provide scholarships and support to girls in rural Senegal who would otherwise not have the chance to go to school--girls like Yacine and Aminata, whose inspiring stories tell us that our work is making a difference--thank you for partnering with us!


Yacine, WGEP Senegal scholar

Yacine comes from a very poor family – her father passed a way and her mother is an immigrant from Mali.  As one of the older siblings in the family, Yacine feels a lot of responsibility to look after her younger brothers and sisters. Her family raises ducks and chickens to sell, but that does not produce much money. Without our program, Yacine would not be able to go to school, and she and her family are very grateful for the opportunity. Yacine is serious and focused, and she wants to be a doctor so she can help others. Although she knows that becoming a doctor means a long road ahead that includes university and graduate studies, she is committed to succeeding.


Aminata, WGEP Senegal scholar

Aminata has been in our WGEP program for the past eight years. Her father teaches at their local village religious school and believes in education for all children--whether they are girls or boys--so unlike some other parents in the area, he allows Aminata to attend both the religious school and the secular school. Although this means a double workload for her, Aminata is very bright and does well in all her studies. She is a pioneer in their village in navigating the worlds of traditional religious studies and modern education.

WGEP Senegal scholar Aminata
WGEP Senegal scholar Aminata


Feb 15, 2013

"The best students here are from our program!"

WGEP Senegal scholars
WGEP Senegal scholars

"Our program has generated a love of learning in girls who are asserting themselves more in the classroom and obtaining excellence," reports WGEP Senegal Project Coordinator Adji Senghor. "The best students in Sokone are from our program!" 

Thank you for supporting Women's Global Education Project in Senegal! Your support helps WGEP provide critical scholarships to 150 girls in rural Senegal, girls who otherwise would not have the chance to go to school. You are also helping us impact 3,000 of their family members, friends and neighbors, ensuring that entire communities are invested in the future of their girls.

We are making a difference--thank you for partnering with us!


Nov 14, 2012

Mentoring & support services help girls succeed

Your support of our "Educate Girls and Fight Poverty in Senegal" project helps us provide not only access to education for girls, but also crucial support services such as our Mentoring Program to help our girls succeed in school and work towards their dreams.

WGEP Senegal's Mentoring Program connects nearly 300 girls to mentors--older, educated women who provide additional, personalized support and who serve as role models. These mentors were often themselves the first woman in their families and communities to finish school, and so know first hand the struggles and pressures facing many of our scholars in their daily lives. They are able to provide support and encouragement for our girls and show them what is possible with education.

Additionally, our Mentoring Program allows our girls to regularly meet successful, educated women they would otherwise not come into contact with. This includes female professionals from surrounding areas, village leaders and regional officials, as well as visitors from around the world (recently, this included American college students from the University of Minnesota, Lewis and Clark College and Beloit College, Italian volunteers from Action Aid, and visiting staff from GlobalGiving!)

We know that our scholarship and support programs are giving our girls access to the possibility of a brighter future--thank you for partnering with us in this life-changing work!

Our project, "Educate Girls and Fight Poverty in Senegal," has been chosen by GlobalGiving for their Girl Effect Challenge! This means the chance to become part of GlobalGiving's 2013 Girl Effect Fund--but we need your help. The top six organizations in the Challenge with the greatest number of unique donors automatically win a place--so please consider donating during the month of November to help us in the Challenge. Any level--even just $10--will help! Thank you from WGEP Senegal!


Oct 16, 2012

WGEP scholars succeed academically

Congratulations to our WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal scholars on their recent academic achievements!
  • 98% of our elementary school scholars passed into the next grade, with 78% placing at the top of their class
  • 92% of our middle school scholars passed into the next grade, with 64% placing at the top of their class
  • 79% of our high school scholars taking the national BAC graduation exam passed, compared to the national average of 38%
Additionally, WGEP Senegal found that the overall number of girls enrolling in high school increased in the region where we work:
  • Female student enrollment was 48% of all students in 2011, up from 33% in 2007
  • The number of girls who successfully passed into high school was 63% in 2011, up from 36% in 2007
WGEP is also pleased to announce that community radio station "Radio Niombato 91.1 FM," based in the Fatick region of Senegal where we work, has recently been broadcasting our WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal program activities. Radio Niombato is widely listened to in Fatick, which means our message is reaching more and more people in the surrounding Faitick villages.

Thank you for supporting this important work!


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Amy Maglio

Chicago, Illinois United States

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