Only 42% of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa enroll in secondary school. Even fewer go on to graduate. More than ever, there is an urgent need and tremendous opportunity to redirect the course of girls' lives through education. The Batonga Foundation takes a holistic approach to education, providing vulnerable and marginalized girls in Africa with the opportunity to overcome financial, cultural, conflict and health-related obstacles and succeed in secondary and higher education.
Batonga supports HIV/AIDS-affected girls in Cameroon with school fees and supplies, after-school tutoring, and mentor programs that connect them to role models in their community who encourage their success. Girls gain knowledge and self-esteem through regular mentoring, and the chance to support themselves in a healthy and economically secure lifestyle. Batonga's all-encompassing support not only encourages girls to complete their education, but also promotes their future health and prosperity.
This project will empower 25 HIV/AIDS-affected girls and allow them to complete their secondary education and become leaders in their communities. The girls will learn to learn to postpone marriage and pregnancy and, when they do have a child, to better protect that child against illnesses and to send that child to school. When girls are educated, they are more likely to marry later, have fewer children, protect themselves against disease, generate more income, and help to boost their economy.