I have exciting news to share with you! This month, Reach Global joins forces with East Meets West, a respected international development organization that has brought water and sanitation, health and education solutions to poor families across Asia for over 25 years.
East Meets West’s sustainable, community-based programs have helped 5.9 million people in Asia improve their quality of life, and its results-based financing methods have attracted significant funding from both private institutions and multilateral organizations. I’m confident that our new affiliation with East Meets West will allow us to extend our reach to new countries and communities, and enhance our ability to innovate on behalf of poor families, particularly women and adolescent girls.
Key Accomplishments in 2013
This important step in Reach Global’s evolution caps a strong year of significant accomplishments, most notably:
In India, working with its longstanding local partner, Reach delivered education on health, livelihoods and family finance topics to 92,256 women and adolescent girls. Since 1997, Reach’s pioneering social franchise has delivered education to more than 1.4 million poor women and girls across 14 of the poorest states of India.
In Africa, under the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s YouthStart Program (funded by MasterCard Foundation), Reach supported microfinance institutions in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi and Rwanda to introduce new financial and education services for poor youth, especially adolescent girls. This program is projected to bring vital skills and knowledge to 200,000 young people.
2014 and Beyond
As our two organizations share expertise and resources, Reach Global is already positioned for exciting growth in 2014 and beyond. Reach Global’s nonformal education and training capabilities and East Meets West’s direct experience implementing in-country programs will enable the two organizations to achieve much more together than they would on their own.
Sustaining Our Commitment
Reach Global remains committed to its mission of equipping millions of very poor women and girls with the knowledge and skills to activate their most powerful asset—themselves.
We will continue to design life-changing education on health, livelihoods and family finance, and replicate its delivery in the world’s poorest communities. Reach has a wealth of experience integrating its education into a variety of programs for poor families, including health and microfinance programs. We look forward to bringing this expertise to new partnerships across the developing world.
Reach Global will also bring its expertise to formal education in poor communities, equipping schools to leverage new technologies, teachers with new capabilities, and vulnerable students with the educational support they need to succeed.
I promise to keep you updated as we pursue this exciting new direction with East Meets West. In the meantime, I welcome your comments and feedback.