In Madagascar girls as young as 9 years old get sold off to marry much older men. With 80% of the population relying on farming as a source of income women become commodity. Nofy i Androy equips girls with tools to fight early child marriage, early pregnancies, and cyclical famines. This project will promise girls with college degrees and aid vulnerable communities in fighting cyclical famines caused by climate change. We believe education is the only way to get out of poverty.
Recent IPC analysis claims "1.14 million people are experiencing food insecurity" in Madagascar. This is a Global Health Concern. The country is among the poorest in the world and barely contributes to Global Change. Yet, suffering from its' impact. Famine is not new to Madagascar however, in the past, there have been multiple famines, in fact, it happens almost every 2 years and perpetuates the cycle of poverty tied to Kere (the famine and drought).
At NiA, we empower girls with sustainable solutions that grant independence and require women to become leaders of their communities. NiA wants to prove that poverty and hunger can be solved through increasing quality education access. A girl who's only option is to marry early deserves a way to escape that cycle of poverty, early marriage, and early pregnancies. We are tired of these inequalities. The only solution is to create a new generation of "educated women" from Southern Madagascar.
NiA provides education to 300 rural girls. This project offers quality education opportunities. Most of the chosen women are the first to attend secondary school. To create role models who can combat gender inequality in Androy, we make sure all girls go to university. College students will receive internship opportunities to enter the real world with valuable skills. This project will ensure success and brighter futures in communities most impacted by the nutrition emergencies.