Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal

by Women's Global Education Project
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
WGEP Senegal Scholar Anthie
WGEP Senegal Scholar Anthie

Women's Global Education Project employs a holstic approach to girls' education. By covering school fees and living expenses in addition to providing personal effects, mentoring and tutoring, we do all we can to ensure that our scholars can focus their energy on their studies. In this way, we regularly update our programs to meet the ever-expanding needs of our scholars.

At our scholars' request, we have been working to integrate more mental health activities into our programs. Most recently, 56 middle & high school scholars were able to meet with 7 experienced professional counselors. Our goal is to provide moral support to our scholars who are having difficulties so that they can have the tools and support they need to stay in school and succeed. 

WGEP scholar Anthie says about the program, "Since I've been enrolled in the program, I feel that my dreams can be achieved. In addition to receiving school supplies and tutoring, I appreciate the counseling provided. Before receiving counseling, I had many difficulties but felt that there was no one to help me. I had stress from school work and family conflict that I did not know how to resolve. The counselor talked with me and helped me develop the skills and tools I needed to work through my problems. This program also helped me grow my confidence so that I am now more comfortable voicing my opinions."

We hope to grow this program so that all of our program scholars can benefit from this important service.


Thank you for supporting important WGEP initiatives like the Psychological Counseling program!

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My name is Alix Halloran and I am GlobalGiving's Field Traveler in West Africa. I have the most amazing job because I get to see all the fantastic work that our partners are doing in their communities. I was very lucky to get to meet with the Women's Global Education Project team in Senegal a few weeks ago. I was so impressed by their project! 

One of the things I love about this project is that it is so comprehensive. The team really works to make sure that all the girls in the program have nothing to worry about except their school work. They cover school fees, provide uniforms, and meals for the girls. They also provide toiletries so that the girls can stay healthy, sexual education classes so that they can learn how to avoid becoming pregnant, and afterschool tutoring to provide each girl with individual attention. 
The team described to me how each one of these elements helps the girls keep their focus on their studies. For example, if the girls are worrying about where their next meal is coming from, it can cause a lot of anxiety and would understandably impact their ability to succeed in school. Similarly, if a girl gets sick, she could miss school and fall behind. 
I really enjoyed talking with the girls about their experience with the program. They are all so driven and focused on their futures. It was also lovely to see how close all the girls have become. They study together and encourage each other to do their best.
Finally, I loved how the center is open to all the students in the community. Both the girls in the Sœurs d'École program and all the other students can use the library and computer lab to reinforce their studies. After school, it was incredible to see so many students from the community come to the center to check out a book, do research online, or study together.
I loved meeting with the WGEP team and I'm so thankful to all of their donors for supporting this amazing project!
Students using the library after school
Students using the library after school
I loved seeing the students work together!
I loved seeing the students work together!
The girls relaxing after a great lunch from WGEP
The girls relaxing after a great lunch from WGEP
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Sadio with WGEP Senegal Program Director Adji
Sadio with WGEP Senegal Program Director Adji

Sadio is a WGEP Sisters to School scholar from Sokone, Senegal. This past December, she won first place in a national essay contest held by the United Bank for Africa Foundation in Dakar, Senegal. The contest received more than 1,000 entries from students across Senegal. The essay prompt was "Does obedience mean giving up one's freedom?"

Notably, the second and third place winners were also young women. However, Sadio was the only one from a rural village while the other winners were from the capital, Dakar. Like all WGEP beneficiaries, Sadio was awarded an academic scholarship because of her family's inability to support her in school. Without WGEP support, she likely would have had to drop out of school, as many young women in rural regions must do. Sadio is an extremely bright and hardworking young woman and we are so proud to be able to support her through the Sisters to School program!

As a reward for winning first place in the essay contest, Sadio received a University scholarship!

Thanks to the support of donors like you, WGEP is able to provide hundreds of girls in rural Senegal with support in the form of academic scholarships, tutoring, computer training, mentoring and healthcare. Thank you for supporting WGEP scholars like Sadio. Together, we are making a difference!

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Martha at her family's home near Sokone, Senegal
Martha at her family's home near Sokone, Senegal

Martha is a graduate of WGEP's Sisters to School program in Senegal. After finishing high school and being admitted to university, Martha returned to the program to thank the Senegal Program Director for her support. Martha wanted to give back in a meaningful way, so she became a summer intern for the program, helping out during her summer break.

Martha was recently interviewed about her experiences and the obstacles she has overcome:

My parents sent me away to Dakar for middle school because they knew I would have better academic opportunities there. I was away from them for 8 years, returning home only during long school breaks. This was very difficult for me because I am very close with my family. I knew they sent me to Dakar because they wanted the best for me, but I missed them so much that I cried everyday. I kept myself busy with studying and working as a maid.

I returned home for high school and was selected as a WGEP Sisters to School scholar for my final year of high school. I received tutoring support to prepare for my final high school exam and performed very well. As a result, I was accepted to Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis, where I recently started my second year.

I am very proud of where I come from. I never want to forget the people who helped me achieve what I have to-date. That is why I became an intern for the Sisters to School program. I hope to continue my education and ultimately become a Communications Director for an NGO. I want to communicate the mission and good work of organizations like WGEP to help more girls like me achieve their dreams.

Thank you for supporting WGEP scholars like Martha!

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WGEP High School Scholars
WGEP High School Scholars

We are proud to introduce our newest program in Senegal, the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention and Family Planning Program! 

This program was implemented earlier this year with the goal of empowering our scholars to make healthy reproductive choices. The program's ultimate goal is to reduce the overall number of teenage pregnancies, thus helping girls stay in school and continue their studies.This year, the program is serving 99 students across five grade levels. Workshop discussion topics are focusing on puberty, sexually transmitted diseases, contraception and healthy relationships. We hope to grow the program next year in order to reach even more young women!

At our scholars' request, we have also been working to integrate more mental health activities into our programs. As a result, 41 middle school & high school scholars were recently able to meet with 4 experienced professional counselors. Our goal is to provide moral support to our scholars who are having difficulties so that they can have the tools and support to stay in school and succeed. 

Thank you for supporting important WGEP initiatives like the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention and Family Planning Program!

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