ASAP Launches Powerful Program To Boost Girl's Education in Tanzania
By Susan Bachar - Executive Director
The first class of 96 Kupanda girls!
Adolescent girls in rural areas face crushing challenges that force most of them (96%) out of school before the age of 16. Many organizations address parts of the problem but none are solving the overall problem of low secondary completion rates. That is why, after two years of research, design and fundraising, I am proud to announce that ASAP has launched The Kupanda Project for GirlsTM!
Kupanda was developed to bring together the "best of the best" interventions for girls who struggle to finish four years of secondary school, including dormitories, tuition assistance, nutrition and clean drinking water, solar power, computers, books and online libraries, menstrual support, HIV/AIDS prevention and leadership training. Perhaps most importantly, Kupanda includes a strong community engagement program to educate men and boys about the ways everyone benefits when girls are educated. ASAP designed Kupanda to deliver these programs as one coordinated, holistic intervention. The idea is to address all the challenges girls face, and to change cultural mindsets about the importance of girl's education, so that nothing can derail their education. Why does this matter? Because girls education is the most powerful engine in the world for reducing poverty, improving health outcomes and closing the gender gap.
"Kupanda" means "to grow" or "to cultivate" in Swahilli. By bringing this powerful model to Tanzania and empowering girls through education, we hope to brighten the future for this beautiful country that holds so much promise. I hope you will take time to enjoy these pictures from The Kupanda Project launch and to read the news coverage it garnered. If you like what you read, please consider making a donation. Remember, we rely on donors like you, regardless of the size of your donation!
Thank you. Susan Bachar, Executive Director
Inside the new dormitory for girls!
Kupanda girls walk safely from their dorm to class
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