The 60 million girls Foundation is committed to improving the quality and access to education for girls in developing countries. We know that education makes a tangible difference in the lives of children, and educating a girl has a ripple down effect from the individual to the whole community.
Did you know that a child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past his or her fifth birthday?
The impact of an education is irrefutable. So we are trying to help, with the understanding that a single individual, and in our case, a small volunteer-run organization, can make a difference.
How do we do it?
Every year, the 60 million girls Foundation supports at least two educational projects for marginalized children in developing countries. We partner with Canadian charities on the ground to implement the project so selecting the right partner/project mix is crucial for ensuring that we meet our objectives. We work hard to get this right. Over the last ten years, we’ve worked with wonderful charities such as The Stephen Lewis Foundation, CAUSE Canada, World University Service Canada (WUSC), Free The Children and others. You can see the full list of projects and partners on our website.
Yet, it doesn’t end there.
Once we disburse the funds, our partner is required to follow up with a detailed progress report, so that we know that our investment is being well managed and that your donations are being used efficiently and effectively.
We recently received a report from Free The Children outlining the successes of the Oleleshwa Girls Secondary School, a project we supported in Kenya.
In 2013 we (exceptionally) committed to a two-year partnership with Free The Children to provide $300,000 in funding, over two years, for the construction of three classrooms, two dormitories for 100 girls, a school garden and sports facilities in Kenya’s Maasai Mara region. This funding, along with other donations, was to enable up to 200 girls per year to attend this innovative high school.
Free The Children has reported to us that the construction of the Oleleshwa Girls Secondary School is now complete. Throughout the school’s development, Free The Children continually evaluated construction needs and priorities. Happily, the cost of the school came in under budget and the extra funds will be used to advance extracurricular activities and clubs for the girls.
A peer mentoring program integrated into the secondary school curriculum also encouraged ongoing primary school attendance. And, the knowledge that they can continue their education to at least the secondary level has also encouraged girls to complete their primary schooling.
In fact, there has been a 117% increase in primary school graduation rates since 2011, when Free The Children’s first secondary school for girls was built at Kisaruni.
This wonderful school is helping young women to make informed decisions about their present, and above all, their future.
Thank you so much to all of our supporters for making this possible.