Girls around the world face discrimination simply because they are girls – whether it’s not being seen because of their gender, or being seen and treated as an object. Girls are kept out of school because the little money a family has for education in the developing world is saved for her brother. She is denied the education that is her only opportunity to raise herself and her family out of poverty. She will not earn an education equal to her male peers; she will not be able to compete in the job market locally, nationally or globally; she will not earn an income; she will continue to depend on a man for survival.
Approximately one-quarter of girls in developing countries are not in school.
[Cynthia B Lloyd, ed. Growing Up Global: The Changing Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries [Washington, D.C., National Academies Press, 2005].]
Where are our students located?
Studies show that girls who are given the gift of education will…
- Have a 40% better chance of having children who live to age 5
- Be more likely to invest in her children by meeting their needs first
- Put her money toward improving her family’s living conditions
- Empower those in her community, transforming the lives of more people
- Be three times less likely to contract HIV
What does your student sponsorship cover?
Your sponsorship will cover the following aspects of her education:
- School Supplies (writing utensils, notebooks, calculator, dictionary, school bag)
- School Uniform (sweatshirt, blouse, skirt, socks, shoes)
- School Fees (government mandate to attend public schools)
- Food Stipend to Family (contingent on passing each term)
- Transportation (round trip home to village to visit family during school holidays, if applicable)
- Boarding Fees (hostel fees for a place to live closer to school, if applicable)
- Additional Educational Opportunities (these may include school organized field trips, visits to game parks or athletic events that the student may qualify for)
How much does this all cost?
Starting in 2013, primary school in Namibia will be free! In December 2012, Dr. Iyambo, Minister of Education, announced that school fees for grades K-7 would no longer be included in the cost of an education. As such, Empower Women in Africa is not adding any new students to the sponsorship program in 2013 (unless they are in grade 10 and we may cover only their exam fees). The cost of sponsoring a student in their second, third, or fourth year in our program is significantly less than the first year. A full scholarship for 2013 costs US$100.
Growing up in poverty offers innumerable obstacles. Growing up female in poverty only adds to those hardships. By sponsoring a girl growing up in poverty in rural Africa, you are giving her a chance to change her life, that of her family and that of her community.