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.
Jul 1, 2015

Thank you for helping WGEP scholars like Purity

Purity in class
Purity in class

Below is a letter we received from Purity, a former WGEP Kenya scholar who is now working toward a degree in accounting:

My name is Purity and I am glad to share my life history and experience with you up to now. I was born in 1996, began my primary education in the year 2001 and completed in 2009.

After my primary education, I began secondary school in 2010. In the year 2011 I became a beneficiary of the Sisters to School program. I sincerely say that I am greatly indebted to the organization for the support you offered to me. You paid my school fees and provided me with the personal items that I required. These really helped me to have a comfortable and easy time in school since my parents could not meet all of my needs.

Also, I must add that the counseling mental care provided every year really helped me to cope with life in and outside of school, especially when I took my exam in 2013.

I am now working as the secretary at Gatue Secondary School, working toward my mission of being an accountant {CPA} and working in mass media.

Lastly, let me again say thanks and best of luck as you move forward changing the lives of the needy and of society in general.

Yours,

Purity

You have made an individual impact on Purity's life and on the lives of hundreds of other young women in Kenya. On behalf of Purity and all of our scholars, we thank you!

Apr 17, 2015

The Merry-go-round Program in Kenya

Members of our adult literacy program in Kenya
Members of our adult literacy program in Kenya

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to Women’s Global Education Project. We have an exciting program to share with you! As part of our scholarship program, we also provide complementary interventions such as tutoring, mentoring, health workshops and community outreach. These interventions are part of WGEP’s holistic approach to dismantling the barriers to girls’ access to and success in school. One of our community outreach programs is a women’s literacy program. Women join this program in order to gain reading and writing skills to help their daughters with their homework in addition to improving their own lot in life. With literacy skills, these mothers become mentors for their daughters, not only helping them with their homework, but also acting as good examples and demonstrating the power and importance of education.

An offshoot of our women’s literacy program is the “Merry-go-round” program, a micro finance group that allows the women to pool their money together and then, once a month, one of the women receives the entire pot. With this large sum of money, the woman is able to purchase things she would be unable to otherwise, such as the space for a new business or a plot of land. This program supports women by keeping them in control.

Since its start, the women in the Merry-go-round program have found ways to give back to their communities. For instance, they were able to buy three goats, multiple tables, dishes, lamps and litter tanks to retrieve rainwater. In these ways, the program has greatly benefited the women involved, their families and the wider community.

Thank you for helping to support Sisters to School and its complementary activities such as the Merry-go-round program!

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Apr 17, 2015

I want to become an important person: Fana's story

Fana, back left, with classmates
Fana, back left, with classmates

Your support has impacted the lives of hundreds of girls and their communities in rural Senegal. Thanks to people like you, Fana has been given the chance to finally attend school and has encouraged other girls in her community to go to school too! She recognizes the importance of educating girls and has used the skills she’s learned from the program to help others. Here is her story:

“My name is Fana and I am 19 years old; I am a scholar in high school in Sokone in the “Sisters to School” program. Education is often considered the fastest method for changing conditions for girls and their families, and is also the best way to fight poverty.

My village didn’t have a school when I began my studies. The closest school was 2 kilometers away in Sokone. My parents didn’t have the means necessary to pay for my studies. It was very difficult but I was getting by.

When I passed 6th grade, I started middle school in Sokone; things became more complicated when I was housed with a family where the father didn’t want anyone to light the lamps in the bedrooms to do schoolwork at night. This made me a little crazy because I loved my studies and I wanted to be among the best in my class. Luckily, Madame Adji’s (Senegal Project Director) daughter was in my class and explained the problem to her mom. Madame Adji invited me to her house in the evenings so that I was able to study until 10pm. At the end of the year, one of our teachers began housing me. This is where I live during the school year, even today. I live in better conditions.

I became a scholar in high school in 2013. I regularly received enrollment expenses, school supplies, toiletries, training, and advising. I took summer classes in 2013 to prepare for the 2014 final exam. In sum, the program has allowed me to improve my academic performance, and I won the Prize of Excellence in French at high school in Sokone.

My parents support education for girls, but do not have the means necessary to support my sisters. My village has a school now, and I support the girls in my village, encouraging them in their studies and educating them based on the training I’ve received through the program. We also educate parents, especially the mothers of girls. The whole village likes the school, and all the children go there.

I want to become an important person and work in a field that supports vulnerable populations, especially women.”

Thank you for your support and commitment to Women’s Global Education Project and for helping young women like Fana!

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