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.
Aug 14, 2014

Thank you for helping WGEP help girls like Fridah

WGEP graduate Fridah
WGEP graduate Fridah

Thank you for supporting Women's Global Education Project and our Sisters-to-School program in Kenya! Your support helps WGEP provide critical scholarships to girls like Fridah in rural Kenya who otherwise lack the opportunity to go to school. Thank you for partnering with us in this critical, life-changing work!

With your help, Fridah was able to graduate and is now pursuing a university degree in education. This is her story:

Because her mother passed away and her elderly father can no longer work, balancing school and helping her family has always been hard for Fridah. Through perseverance and sheer determination, she managed to pass her primary school exams, but she didn’t know if she would be able to keep her studies going or if her family would be able to send her to secondary school. In 2007, a WGEP scholarship allowed then 15-year-old Fridah to continue her studies at Kenya’s Mukothima Girls Secondary School. During the school holidays she often took manual work to help provide for her family. Now a graduate, Fridah hopes to become the principal of a secondary school so she can help other girls in need. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Education at Mt. Kenya University and is a mentor to younger girls in our program. Fridah says, ‘’My dream is to be self-reliant and assist my community.’’

WGEP works in 12 rural Kenyan villages providing programs for scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, adult literacy instruction, scholar family support, community awareness, and an alternative rite of passage program to combat genital cutting and early marriage.

Thank you for your support and for helping make the dreams of girls like Fridah into a reality!

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Aug 14, 2014

Thank you for helping WGEP help girls like Sarata!

Sarata with classmates in 2007
Sarata with classmates in 2007

Thank you for supporting Women's Global Education Project and our Sisters-to-School program in Senegal! Your support helps WGEP provide critical scholarships to more than 300 girls in rural Senegal, girls who otherwise would not have the chance to go to school.

One of these girls is Sarata, who was able to complete her education and is currently trailblazing in a male-dominated field as a police officer.  This is what she has to say about how our program has made a difference for her:

"Our Sisters to School allowed me to take responsibility for my family, and allowed the village to have intellectual girls who organize and try to improve living conditions, especially in terms of health. Now, my life has changed because I’ve taken responsibility for myself.

I am a police officer, and I do the same work as the men. Life in the army is difficult, but I manage. I am single, and I am first and foremost preparing for my future. I just passed the Baccalauréat in 2013, which shows that I’ve continued studies on my own. I plan on marrying later on and running my own household."

Thank you for your support for WGEP and for inspiring girls like Sarata!

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May 23, 2014

Thank you for helping WGEP scholars like Christine

L: Christine, age 8; Christine with other scholars
L: Christine, age 8; Christine with other scholars

Thank you for supporting Women's Global Education Project and our Sisters-to-School program in Senegal! Your support helps WGEP provide critical scholarships to more than 300 girls in rural Senegal, girls who otherwise would not have the chance to go to school.

One of these scholars is 15-year-old Christine. Christine has been a WGEP scholar since she was in grade school. Your support over the years has helped Christine do well academically, finish elementary school, and move into middle school. Christine shares her story here in her own words:

Hi, my name is Christine and I am 15 years old. I have participated in the “Our Sisters to School” program in Sokone, Senegal since 2005. I started as an elementary school student and I am now in middle school.

My family was always supportive of education, but the closest school was 5 kilometers away since my village, Santhie Berra, did not have a school. Also, my parents did not have the means to pay the required enrollment fees for me to attend school. It was at the time when I was becoming very worried about my future that I learned I had been chosen as a WGEP scholar. Now, I live in Sokone with my grandmother and attend a private school. Since becoming a scholar, I have received enrollment fees, school supplies, toiletries, tutoring, training and advising.

My family appreciates the program because they know that I couldn’t attend school without it. My whole family benefits from the knowledge I gain in the workshops; I explain everything to them when I return from the village, and I do the same thing with the other girls in my village. This means that the whole village knows about the program; we love it and we hope that it continues and helps other girls from Santhie Berra.

Each day, I do my schoolwork first, but then I do housework, such as sweeping, cooking, and laundry. I also have fun talking with my friends. I often talk with my mom, like my Sisters to School mentor recommends.

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