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Educating Rural Girls

Disadvantaged girls

Women economic empowerment is acutely lacking in developing countries. One of the root causes for this is lack of education. Rural girls in Ethiopia walk an average of 2 hours to a primary school. Some daring students walk 4 hours back and forth because of their thirst for education. When such rural girls finish primary education, their hope for high school is dashed and drop out because the closet school is beyond 4 hours walk. There is no school bus or regular bus and their poor parents can’t afford to relocate the girls to the closest town where there is a high school.

When the girls drop out because there is no high school in walking distance:

  • They are forced to underage marriage
  • When they marry with un-matured body, they can be victimized by fistula that can make them an outcast unable to control their urine. 1.6% of women in Tigrai State of northern Ethiopia are devastated by fistula.
  • They become dependent on their husbands and have no voice on family planning and give birth to more babies and that recycles poverty.
  • If the husband dies or goes for another woman, his unskilled wife and children live in poverty.
  • Education can significantly eliminate needless misery.

    Changing lives

    The adage “Educate a girl and you can educate a family” points to the solution. We need to tackle poverty at its roots. We have began sponsorship of 40 rural girls that completed 8th grade to relocate to the closet town where there is a high school.

    We have been sponsoring orphaned children, the visually impaired boys and girls through high school. Those who completed high school were able to join a gov run university for free. Those who graduated have well paying jobs. Education freed them from an imminent lifetime poverty and misery.

    Making a difference

    Read about the difference in Helen's life >>

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