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Emusoi Center, Tanzania

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A Safe Place to Study at Apne Aap (India)

Apne Aap (India)

Apne Aap’s Kasturba Gandhi Girls School is in the state of Bihar, India close to the border with Nepal. The residential school serves 100 girls who are in danger of being trafficked for sex. Through the school, the girls have a safe place to learn, study, and pursue friendships during the week and still visit with their families on the weekend. Most of the girls are the first in their families to have the chance to receive an education.

This project costs $3000 and includes all of the funding needed for three girls to attend and live at the school for one full year. This includes meals, personal items, and school supplies. Read the LA Times article about the school and see photos here.

View the 2018 Funds Report and the 2017 Funds Report.

Supplies for Success at the Emusoi Centre (Tanzania)

The Emusoi Centre seeks to address the lack of opportunities for girls’ education within indigenous pastoralist societies. Traditionally, pastoralist girls are married as soon as they reach puberty. For some, this takes place even before a girl has completed primary school. The Emusoi Centre serves as a “safe house” for girls who run away from forced marriage and want to continue with their studies – many of whom are brought in secret to the Centre by their mothers or other concerned relatives. The Centre provides the girls with pre-secondary remedial studies.

At present, there are 50 girls in the pre-secondary program who live at the Emusoi Centre. This project costs $2,000 total and will provide all the necessary school supplies ($40 per girl) for these 50 girls for one full school year.

View the 2019 Funds Report, 2018 Funds Report, the  2017 Fund Report and the 2016 Funds Report.

New Classroom at St Rido School (Uganda)

St. Rido raises awareness in the community about the importance of educating girls in Uganda and provides primary education and vocational training to 122 girls that would otherwise not be able to afford it. The school focuses on girls that have been orphaned or are disabled and offers them an education so that they can provide for themselves.

In order to strengthen and expand their vocational training program, the school is constructing a new block of classrooms. This project will provide supplies to paint the new classrooms ($650) and electrical installation ($1500) that will provide power for internet connection, lighting, and tools for the vocational courses. The project will cost $2,150 total and will be completed over the course of a year.

View the 2019 Funds Report, the 2018 Funds Report and the 2017 Funds Report.

A Home Away from Home at the Veerni Institute (India)

The Veerni Institute educates and empowers adolescent girls from poor villages in the desert areas around Jodhpur, India by providing access to secondary education. The Institute provides boarding, health facilities, and education to 70 girls who live together for 6 years – sharing everything and developing lifelong friendships. Living in a boarding school is important so that the girls can be free from early forced marriage and other barriers that keep them from school, such as the pressure to provide care for family members.

This project costs $3,190 total and will provide 2 girls living and studying at the Veerni Institute with food ($775 per girl), school tuition ($304 per girl), boarding house utilities ($440 per girl), stationery ($31 per girl), and uniform ($45 per girl) for 1 year of study.

Click here and here to listen to radio stories about the Veerni Institute, and read a Marie Claire article about Veerni here.

View the 2019 Funds Report, 2018 Funds Report, the 2017 Funds Report and the 2016 Funds Report.

Supplies & Stipends for School at World Assistance for Cambodia (Cambodia)

World Assistance for Cambodia’s rural school project provides students, specifically girls, with the opportunity to receive an education, instead of having to work or stay home to take care of siblings.

This project will provide four students at four schools (16 students total) in Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province with a $5 monthly stipend to supplement their families’ income. This type of stipend has been proven to better the outcome for girls by helping families meet basic needs without having to pull a girl out of school. These 16 girls also receive a uniform, shoes, and school supplies. In addition, each of the four schools will receive monthly human rights workshops with a trained facilitator. This project costs $2,500 in total.

View the 2019 Funds Report and the  2018 Funds Report.

Leadership Starts at School at Women LEAD (Nepal)

After the devastating earthquakes in 2015, Nepal is ready to turn the page to a brighter future. Unfortunately, some schools are failing students, especially girls who either drop out or graduate without the skills they need. Women LEAD’s School Leadership Program solves this problem by equipping students with the skills, confidence, and support they need to become the leaders of tomorrow.

During this four-month program, grade nine students attend weekly workshops where they learn to take action on issues like gender-based violence and civic engagement and develop key skills such as public speaking, teamwork and time management.

$1,500 will develop the leadership potential of 30 students ($50 each). It will cover all the materials needed to run the SLP at two public schools, along with training two female facilitators who co-lead the program.

Read this article about Women LEAD in Forbes and follow them on Instagram.

Read the 2019 Funds Report.

Action India participants, photo by Sam Davis

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The Pad Project at Action India (India)

Action India provides a community based platform for advocacy and action to secure the rights of the most marginalized, especially women and girls living in poverty. Around the world girls drop out of school at puberty because of a widespread lack of access to affordable and hygienic menstrual products.

The Pad Project is a joint effort between the Oakwood School Chapter of GLI, the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Action India. The project is currently raising funds to purchase a second sanitary pad making machine and the raw materials needed to continue to manufacture low-cost sanitary pads. These funds will also provide menstrual health education to the women and girls in the rural area of Hapur. The machine is being operated by a collective of women from the area, providing not only a much needed project, but also an income generating micro-business. A documentary from director Rayka Zebtabchi and producer Guneet Monga is currently being made about this pioneering project.

Read this article from Ms. magazine about the project.

Necessities for a Fresh Start at Challenging Heights (Ghana)

Challenging Heights helps survivors of slavery and children vulnerable to human trafficking in a coastal fishing community in Ghana. Children in the coastal communities of Ghana are at risk for being trafficking for labor in the fishing industry. In fact, there an estimated 21,000 children living in slavery in the Lake Volta area of Ghana. Challenging Heights is working to prevent human trafficking and provide rescue and rehabilitation for the victims. The shelter provides medical and psychological care for 65 children for the 6-9 months it takes to reunite children with their families and reintegrate them into communities. 

This project costs $2,240 and will provide funding for food and clean drinking water for 20 children ($112 per child) during their stay at the shelter.

Follow @ChallengingHeights on Instagram or @CH_Ghana on Twitter for updates.

View the 2018 Fund Report and the 2017 Funds Report.

Nutrition for Better Learning at the Kakenya Center for Excellence (Kenya)

The Kakenya Center for Excellence is an all girls boarding school that provides life-changing education to vulnerable girls in rural Kenya. Their unique, girl-centered approach involves the entire community, addresses harmful practices and poverty, and ensures their girls receive the resources and support they need to thrive as change-makers in the world.

Good nutrition is key to overall health and plays a crucial role in brain development and the ability to learn. This project costs $2,800 and provides nutritious meals for fourteen girls for an entire year.

Listen to founder Kakenya Ntaiya’s Ted Talk to learn more about her amazing story.

View the 2019 Funds Report, 2018 Funds Report, 2017 Funds Report and the 2016 Funds Report.

Clean Water and Toiletries at the Unatti Group Home for Girls  (Nepal)

The Unatti Foundation’s Girls’ Home serves 20 girls ages 5-18 years old in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The group home creates a long-term, loving family and provides the girls with a safe and supportive environment to eat, sleep, learn, play, and live. The Unatti Foundation sponsors 13 years of formal school education for all residents of the Unatti Group Home for Girls.

Just like in any home, access to clean water must be purchased, and the girls in the Unatti home need funding for toiletries and basic supplies. This project cost $1,740 in total and will fund toiletries ($125 per month) and clean water ($20 per month) for all the girls in the house.

View the 2019 Funds Report, the 2018 Funds Report, the 2017 Funds Report and the 2016 Funds Report.

Veerni Institute, India

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Computer Labs for Afghan Public Schools (Afghanistan)

In Afghanistan today, girls make up about 40% of school students. Many of them risk harassment and attacks by Taliban remnants as they walk to school. And yet they bravely persist – determined to get an education. On a recent trip to Afghanistan, a Feminist Majority Foundation staff person identified 6 public high schools in Kabul, with between 3,000 – 6,000 students each, all without a single computer for students to use.

This project will fund a computer lab at one school. The computer lab will have 25 computers and will be wired to access the internet. This project includes purchasing, transporting, and setting up the computers and the internet equipment. Every dollar counts – $200 pays for one month of internet access, $750 buys one computer and $19,000 funds one computer lab.

Note: Due to safety concerns, the photo used in this project description is a stock photo which is being used to maintain the anonymity of the Afghan students.

Solar Power for Connectivity at The Bumpe School (Sierra Leone)

The Kposowa Foundation - Pen Pals

The Bumpe School serves 620 students in Bumpe, a town in the southern district of Sierra Leone. Students in the area face many obstacles to education and the school addresses these obstacles by working with parents and local village leaders to ensure regular school attendance.

In a village without electricity, solar panels are what provide power to 12 computers in their computer lab, which is the very first computer lab in the region. One hundred students and teachers are already registered to participate in computer classes in groups of 12. This project costs $1800 and will supply funding for the second solar panel that powers the computer lab for The Bumpe School.

Watch a CNN Interview with Bumpe Co-founder Sarah Culberson.

View the 2019 Funds Report, 2018 Funds Report, the 2017 Funds Report and the 2016 Funds Report.

Read to Know, Read to Grow at Developments in Literacy (Pakistan)

Developments in Literacy - Child Friendly Schools

Developments in Literacy (DIL) provides quality education to children, especially girls in Pakistan. Pakistan has the second highest out-of-school population – a staggering 24 million Pakistani children are out of school. Girls drop out of school at twice the rate of boys, lowering female literacy rates in some areas to just 8%. Through a DIL education, however, girls are able to transform their lives – often changing what would have been a child marriage to an empowering leadership role in their home, village, or workplace.

Students in developing areas of Pakistan lack access to books that support their growth in reading. DIL is working to provide tablets with reading software and e-books to students. This project costs $7,000 and will fund tablets for third, fourth, and fifth-grade students at DIL schools. During the pilot, students with access to tablets improved reading comprehension by 104%.

Learn more about DIL by listening to a Ted Talk by the founder Fiza Shah.

View the 2018 Funds Report, 2017 Funds Report and the 2016 Funds Report.

Laptops for Learning at the Awaso Academy (Ghana)

The Awaso Academy is in a rural village in the southwestern region of Ghana with a total population of 6,000 people. It is 500 miles from the capital city of Accra. Awaso Academy educates 277 boys and girls in kindergarten through 6th grade – with the goal of expanding one grade per year to 9th grade by 2020. In addition to a high quality education, students receive two meals a day at the school.

The purpose of the school is to enable the students to pass governmental exams after 9th grade and qualify for high school, which will increase their economic and social opportunities. The alternative for girls outside of the school is subsistence farming and early child marriage.

Click here to see a blog series about GLI Chapter leaders from the Menlo School visiting Awaso Academy in August of 2017.

This project costs $1,400 and will fund seven refurbished laptops at a cost of $200 each for the school’s computer lab.

View the 2018 Funds Report and the 2017 Funds Report.