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!
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!
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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