It's been 4-years since the outbreak of major conflict in South Sudan. The country has the highest rate of children missing out on schooling in the world, 72% according to UNICEF in 2017. Less than 1% of girls here will complete their secondary education. HDC is a national NGO, working across the country to help those impacted by conflict & displacement. Through Tomorrow Now, we provide scholarships & supports to girls to achieve their dream of obtaining an education.
Displaced by conflict, left orphaned, provided with no chance to access education, victimized & at risk of sexual exploitation. These are just a few of the risks faced by girls in South Sudan today. In 2017, UNICEF reported that 72% of children in South Sudan are not in school - highest numbers in the world. At present, less than 1% of girls in country will complete secondary education, a place where girls are 2X LESS likely to have access to education than boys.
Tomorrow Now removes a girl from an active conflict, and places her in a safe, supportive learning environment, provides counselling and emotional supports, extra academic supports to catch up with a peer group, and enables life to become normalized for the girls. Tomorrow Now provides that girl with the opportunity to become a leader for the future of her nation, to rise beyond the difficulty that life has brought to her in these past years of economic collapse and active conflict.
For each year a girl stays in school, future infant mortality drops by 5%. Girls marry later, reducing the risk of child marriage. One year of extra learning increases lifelong earnings for a woman by 15%. Tomorrow Now is building a future generation of leaders, with the skills and abilities to prevent future conflicts, to help in building a nation that is in dire need, and to assist those impacted by violence, exploitation, famine and economic collapse to embrace a brighter future.