Stop 125 Teen Girls in Ghana from Missing School

by Self-Help International Vetted since 2009 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified

Summary

Girls in rural Ghana want to earn an education but struggle to stay in school once they hit puberty. Predatory men offer girls paltry sums of money so they can afford school or sanitary supplies, and expect favors in return. Our Teen Girls Club teaches girls about women's health, ensures girls have access to menstrual supplies, helps them advocate for themselves and their education, and trains them in income-generating activities so they can stay in school and break the cycle of poverty for good

$18,750
total goal
$1,050
remaining
421
donors
2
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

Girls in rural Ghana want to stay in school, but it's not easy once puberty strikes. It's a struggle to afford school supplies, let alone sanitary supplies. Without supplies, they miss a few days of school each month. Their grades suffer. Men in the village offer them money but then expect sexual favors. No one has ever taught the girls about sex or pregnancy, so they comply. Before long, they're pregnant, kicked out of school; teenage mothers unable to provide for themselves, let alone a baby.

Solution

Women in 3 villages where we run women's micro-credit programs asked us to start Teen Girls Clubs to teach their daughters about reproductive health, work to delay premature sexual activity, help them advocate for themselves and avoid disease transmission when they do become sexually active. We offer after school study support and teach the girls marketable skills and handicrafts so they'll be able to stay in school, earn their own spending money, and be less vulnerable to predatory men.

Long-Term Impact

Helping girls stay in school past puberty creates healthier, more financially stable families. Girls who stay in school past 7th grade are less likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth, and more likely to have healthier and better educated children. Plus, every additional year of secondary education she completes will increase her individual earning power by 15 - 25%. The impact of keeping girls in school today will truly transform future generations.

Resources

http:/​/​www.selfhelpinternational.org
Get involved by making Days for Girls kits
Watch a brief video of the teens club on Instagram
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Organization Information

Self-Help International

Location: Waverly, IA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.selfhelpinternational.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @SelfHelpIntl
Project Leader:
Nora Tobin
Waverly, IA United States
$17,700 raised of $18,750 goal
 
526 donations
$1,050 to go
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money for this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page for this project.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.