Less than 1 out of every 1000 rural girls graduates high school in Mozambique. The program gives scholarships, school materials and support given in a boarding school environment annexed to the Magude High school, where the girls, all between 13 and 17 years, enter High School.
Addressing the complex reasons girls leave school, scholarships counter poverty, social workers provide support, protection against sexual abuse, and accountability, and after-school programs give girls space to study away from pressures at home.
The project has so far benefited 60 girls. Graduating the 10th grade qualifies for a range of professions, including teaching and civil service, allowing the girls and their families an escape from subsistence agriculture by gaining economic freedom. Currently we have 11 girls attending school through our scholarship.