Girls in Sierra Leone face several challenges in getting an education, including poverty, cultural barriers, and lack of resources. This project aims to break down barriers and empower girls to become self-sufficient leaders in their communities by giving them access to education and resources, including tuition support, computer training, mentoring, STEM programs, and necessary school supplies.
Many families in Sierra Leone cannot afford to send their daughters to school, and some girls are expected to stay home and help with household chores or get married early. In sub-Saharan Africa, 9 million girls aged 6-11 are out of school, compared to 6 million boys. By adolescence, 36% of girls are excluded from school compared to 32% of boys. (UNESCO, 2021). Investing in girls' education is critical to break the cycle of poverty and hunger and create a more equitable society.
Education is essential for girls' success. This project provides a comprehensive approach to empowering girls and closing the education gender gap. We ensure that girls have access to education through various means of support, such as school supplies, fees, uniforms, food, transportation, tutoring, and solar lights. Mentoring sessions equip girls with essential life skills and a mindset for success; computer training, vocational, and business opportunities promote self-sufficiency.
The long-term impact of this project is the transformation of at-risk girls into educated, self-sufficient, and empowered women. Educated girls are more likely to get good jobs, support themselves and their families, and participate fully in society. Educated girls are more likely to raise healthy and informed children, which contributes to the country's development. Educated girls are also more likely to participate in civic activities and to make decisions that benefit their communities.