After two decades of conflict and violence in Somalia, hundreds of thousands of Somali citizens have fled their homes and seek refuge in neighboring countries, such as Ethiopia. There are over 170,000 refugees living in twelve camps 75% of whom are children and adolescents. Refugees in Ethiopia are not allowed to work, resulting in poverty that often means girls are unable to go to school. In many refugee camps in Ethiopia, less than 20% of girls between the ages of 12-17 are enrolled in school.
With $422, Girl Up can provide one Somali refugee girl with school uniforms, tuition stipends, solar lamps, tutorial classes and financial awards for consistent school attendance that help keep her in school. Girls often face social isolation and are confined to the home, making it difficult for programs to reach them. By providing school supplies and other materials that girls cannot afford but need to study and stay in school, your gift will enable a girl to attend school and thrive.
Girls who receive an education are more likely to seek health care for themselves and their children, marry later, and have fewer children, which decreases her risk of dying during childbirth and increases her children's chance of survival. Girls who attend school are more likely to be engaged in their communities as adults. Schooling provides an opportunity for girls to receive training in group participation, civic engagement, and leadership, which boosts confidence and helps reduce poverty.