Graduation ceremony for a program participant
This September marks the fifth school year of Enhance Worldwide programming in the Entoto area of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enhance Worldwide’s three core programs – Kinship Care, Rising Autonomy, and Pathways Project -- actively challenge the threats of child marriage, institutional care (orphanage), street violence, heightened risk for HIV/AIDS, and trafficking. Globally, the most significant barriers to girls' educational enrollment and completion are disparate gender norms, school-related gender-based violence, pregnancy, child marriage, and poverty. Child marriage remains a human rights and education challenge in Ethiopia, where two in every five girls are married before their 18th birthday and nearly one in five girls marries before the age of 15 (Girls Not Brides, 2018).
Enhance Worldwide’s sustainable girls’ education and retention projects provide a continuum of care from elementary school through university or technical school, and continue supporting graduates through their employment search. In this reporting period, the Kinship Care program supported more than 12 households, providing academic tutoring, counseling services designed to improve self-esteem and empowerment, financial literacy, and vital supplemental nutrition for program participants and their families. Enhance Worldwide’s integrated, strength-based programming facilitated a 22% increase in participants’ academic performance.
Enhance’s programs empower participants to live lives of autonomy and dignity. Tesehay is a 14 year old participant whose family faced food insecurity on a daily basis. Tesehay spent much of her time supporting her family by collecting firewood and fetching water from a distant area, rather than focusing on her education. Enrolling in Enhance Worldwide programs provided Tesehay the opportunity to concentrate on her studies, knowing her family received Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) supporting their health and wellbeing. Tesehay has since passed the 9th grade, ranked first in her class, and dreams of becoming a doctor: “Now I dare to dream big.”
Thank you for providing a critical investment in girls’ education through your donations to Enhance Worldwide. Thank you for ‘dreaming big,’ envisioning communities where girls and women have the skills to lead meaningful, dignified lives and where each individual has agency, autonomy, and aspirations.