By providing access to education, our project empowers girls to fight the causes and effects of poverty in their lives and build a brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities.
The Tharaka region near Mount Kenya is one of the most marginalized regions of Kenya because of its remote location and erratic weather conditions. Many Tharaka families lack resources for uniforms and school supplies to send their daughters even to the free primary school, or will prefer to keep daughters at home for chores. Of those girls who do finish primary school, few are able to go on to secondary school, which is not free and can be very expensive, especially for poor, rural families.
We provide scholarships, tutoring and mentoring support, health education and supplies to help prevent illness and school absences, educator training, and community outreach to help increase community investment in girls' education.
Girls who receive education can get better-paying jobs, have better access to nutrition and sanitation, are better able to prevent illness and fight abuse, and are more likely to educate their own children. This ripples to her family and community.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
WGEP facebook page
WGEP's paper for 2010 UNGEI E4 conference
WGEP discusses girls' education on WBEZ WorldView