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!
MEET WGEP SENEGAL SCHOLAR SAFORA
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.
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.
"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!
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!
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