This project supports primary education for 37 girls in the mountainous regions of Bong and Margibi counties, Liberia. Funds provide school scholarships, uniforms, books, and school supplies. We recently had 10 of our high school seniors graduate after supporting them for three years! We are hoping to admit 10 new girls to the program as soon as we have raised sufficient funds. We are also supporting the college education of one of our girls who graduated high school in June 2011.
The 1999-2003 Liberian civil war killed more than 250,000 Liberians and displaced hundreds of thousands of others. Subsequently, thousands of children lost the opportunity to get an education. Only 42% of females in Liberia are literate and only 58% of girls are enrolled in primary school. Poverty in Liberia is rampant - one half of Liberians live in abject poverty and the unemployment rate is 85%. Poverty is even higher in the rural areas where this project is located.
Girls Ed has provided 47 girls with education scholarships since 2008. Ten of our 12th grade girls graduated high school in June 2011. We now support 37 middle and high school girls by paying their school tuition. We would like to raise enough funds to admit 10 new middle school aged girls to the program. We would also like to be able to provide uniforms, books, backpacks and supplies to better support these impoverished girls, some of whom live on their own.
Uneducated girls have almost no chance to escape the cycle of poverty for them, their families and their communities. We will educate 50 girls allowing them to rise out of poverty, improving their families' health, economic status, and well being.
"My daughter is all I have in this life, and I really want the best for her. But my hands are short. I'm not working, and she doesn't have a dad. One can never repay those who are helping our girls. - Graciel's mother, Mother of a girl supported by Girls Ed scholarship
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,597
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $7,903
Total Funding Goal: $14,500
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Co-Founder, Project Wezesha; Treasurer, Girls Education International