Girls' education matters. History has shown that when girls go to school, communities are able to achieve economic and social objectives more quickly and sustainably. Not only this, but we here at Action Two Africa believe that every girl has the inherent right to go to school. Through our Child Sponsorship Program, we work to provide school fees, guidance, mentoring, and long-term, sustainable support for young women so that they can have every chance at the opportunities they deserve.
We recently accepted four new girls into our Child Sponsorship Program! Women are the backbone of change in the Kiambiu community (and beyond)! Without the opportunity to go to school, many of these young women become involved in sex work, crime, or drug use. With an education though, these young women are given the tools to bring sustainable change to their families and communities through small business development or the pursuit of a stable career.
So how do we get these girls into school? Our Child Sponsorship Program works to provide academic sponsorships for young women in Kiambiu. We need to raise $2,160, which would allow all four of our new girls to stay in school for the next year!
According to UNESCO, girls in school are "less likely to marry early and against their will; less likely to die in childbirth; less vulnerable to disease; more likely to have healthy babies; more likely to send their own children to school; and more likely to acquire the information and skills that lead to increased earnings." Education does much more than just keep girls out of trouble though; it provides them with confidence, positive self-esteem, and the hope to envision a better world.