Our first project
We wanted to make our first project an impactful one. We sponsored 60 girls through primary school in rural Kenya. To learn more about the project, check out Our Story.
What we’re up to now
St Cecilia’s Orphanage, in the village of Mapepe, Zambia, is a small orphanage dedicated to helping children who have been abandoned because of financial problems, poor health or disabilities. It is mainly supported by UK-based charity Zambian Gems. Thanks to their work, St Cecilia’s Orphanage now has access to a sustainable food source, clean water, sanitation, and appropriate medical treatment.
The next challenge is to send these children to school.
Girls Write the Future is partnering with Zambian Gems to build a school for St Cecilia’s Orphanage. The school will have the capacity to integrate the children of the local village under the same roof as the orphans.
how does this project help girls?
In Zambia, less than 40% of all girls from low-income families finish school. This number is generally far worse in small villages like Mapepe.
That’s why our schools will always guarantee a free, full education for all girls. That way we can eliminate any economic barriers stopping them from going to school. We predict that this will significantly reduce the local gender education gap.
Within the classroom, students will be taught the importance of gender equality by both male and female teachers. This will ensure that they fully grasp the benefits of a just and equal society.
The case for gender equality in education
In some parts of the world, fewer than 10% of girls are in school. It goes without saying that there are huge economic and social benefits to gender equality in education.
Educating women makes the world a wealthier place. Educated women in the workplace could increase the global GDP by up to 26% ($28 trillion!)
Educating women reduces child marriages. If all girls had a secondary education there would be two thirds fewer child marriages.
Educating women reduces infant mortality. If all women complete their secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half, saving around 3 million lives yearly.
Educated women contribute more to the economy. Increased gender equality in education made up around 50% of economic growth in OECD countries over the last 50 years.
Educated women are less likely to die in childbirth. If every woman in sub-Saharan Africa completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by 70%, saving almost 50,000 lives.
The facts go on. They all share the same message: gender equality is crucial for humanity’s progress. The first step is to empower girls with an education.