Take a close look at this photo: it is not a picture of a father and daughter, but of a husband and wife in the Middle East, where child marriage is one of few options available to uneducated girls. One-third of young women in the developing world are married before the age of...Read More
This summer, Girls Education International launched a new girls scholarship program in Western Tanzania, in partnership with Project Wezesha. As the co-founder of Project Wezesha, I am very excited about this new program. Project Wezesha has been supporting 25+ students in...Read More
With the news of the Taliban’s horrific shooting of Malala Yousufzai in October, our thoughts naturally went to the girls we sponsor in Pakistan. Safeer Ullah Khan, our contact in Pakistan, assured us that all of the girls are safe. He reports that their education is not...Read More
When Amy Zehnder traveled to Tanzania two years ago, she prepared herself for an exciting photo safari. But she returned home with much more than pictures of wildlife, “I came back completely transformed by the people,” she says. A girl–to whom Amy refers to as her...Read More
Romell is 16 years old and going into the 10th grade. She applied for a scholarship with Girls Education last year. Her father abandoned Romell, her mother and three siblings when she was 8 years old. At the time, Libera was just coming out of a devastating civil war. Her mother has not been able to find work, but tries to sell coal at the market to make money for food.
Romell is very excited about school and wants to be a geologist. “If you are educated, you can fulfill your dreams,” Romell says. Romell hopes to one day go to the Univerisity of Liberia to be a geologist and help rebuild and develop her country.
Christiana was born during the brutal 14-year civil war in Liberia. She fled with her family across the border to Sierra Leone where they lived as refugees. The struggles in her refugee camp were severe, and Christiana and her family experienced great loss—there was little to eat, which made it difficult for young children to survive. There, three of Christiana’s young siblings passed away. They were all under the age of five.
After the war, she and her family returned to Liberia. She currently has two other siblings, both boys.
Her father is very old and unable to work. Her mother washes clothes and cleans to pay for coal and food.
Christiana received a Girls Education International scholarship last year to begin high school, and is about to begin 10th grade at the age of 18. Christiana is interested in economics and hopes to attend college after she completes high school.
You never know what will happen once you get involved with Girls Ed! Veronica Dolo came to GEI as a scholarship student from Grbanga, a town in central Liberia. Veronica graduated from high school just about the time the Girls Ed board decided to sponsor one girl for a post-secondary education. Veronica was highly recommended for not only her academic success, but for her drive and determination as well.
With tuition, fees and some living expenses from Girls Ed, Veronica began nursing school at Smythe Institute of Management and Technology in Monrovia in January of this year, carrying 18 credit hours.
Anne Rosenblum, a Liberia Now advisory board member and Education Team member , was able to meet with Veronica on a recent visit to Monrovia. She said “Veronica is a beautiful and vibrant girl who is very interested in learning and studying, and wants to be either a nurse or a doctor. She is extremely appreciative and knows she would not be able to go to high school or college without the help of Girls Ed.”
Rifat, 12, is the fourth in a family of five children. Since her father’s death several years ago, the household’s subsistence depends upon a meager pension and support from relatives. Rifat’s older sister was married young, and has a daughter. Her two elder brothers study at the secondary school in the neighboring village of Buchal, Pakistan.
When Rifat completed her primary school education two years ago her family felt that a primary level education was sufficient for a girl. Despite Rifat’s interest in continuing her studies, she was forced to work in the fields or at home instead. With support from GEI, Rifta now attends secondary school.
Gulzar, 16, is the youngest of seven children, none of whom have received secondary level education. Although her parents are alive, they are elderly. So Gulzar’s brothers are the breadwinners, working as daily wage laborers who earn enough to feed the family. One of her brothers is married with two children and they all live together in one house.
Gulzar completed her primary school education three years ago, but could not continue because her family could not afford it. Gulzar wanted to continue her studies, and knows that her education is very important. Gulzar is an ambitious girl who would like to have a job after her studies. Gulzar’s parents support her desire to be educated, but can’t assist financially. With support from GEI, Gulzar now attends secondary school.
Girls Education International launches Tanzania program
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