Girls everywhere deserve to have their human rights protected, including the right to receive a quality education. Girls Learn International (GLI) partners with schools and non-profit organizations in countries where there are still fewer girls than boys completing secondary school.
You can join us by fundraising for the GLI Education Fund, which supports projects within the Partner School Network. By working together on projects within four key areas we can make a difference for girls around the world.
Schools and organizations in ten countries participate in the GLI Partner School Network:
- Sierra Leone
A note to GLI Chapters: Choose 1 of the 4 categories (or a specific project under any category) to fundraise for. Alternately, you can fundraise for the GLI Education Fund in general, and staff will direct your donation to where it is needed most. When you mail in your funds (checks should be made out to the Feminist Majority Foundation with GLI Education Fund in the memo line), just tell us where you want the funds to go. We will provide updates on this website when we receive reports from our partners.
Technology, Arts & Media
Projects within this category use new technologies, creative strategies and media savvy to engage students. Projects may include computer labs, internet access, electricity fees, materials for math and science classes, radio programs, educational skits or mural projects.
Goal: Solar Power for Connectivity
The Bumpe School serves 620 students in Bumpe, a town in the southern district of Sierra Leone. Students in the area face many obstacles to education and the school addresses these obstacles by working with parents and local village leaders to ensure regular school attendance.
In a village without electricity, solar panels can provide power to 12 computers, the first computer lab in the region. One hundred students and teachers are registered to participate in computer classes in groups of 12. This project costs $1800 and will supply funding for the second solar panel for Bumpe school.
Developments in Literacy (Pakistan)
Goal: Computer Skills on Wheels!
Developments in Literacy (DIL) provides quality education to children, especially girls in Pakistan. Some DIL schools have computer labs but many DIL schools are rented buildings and some more rural schools are only one room. This set up does not allow for a traditional computer lab for students to utilize technology. In some of the more rural areas there is no internet access or local access to computers outside of schools either.
In order to address the need for technology, DIL would like to provide mobile computer labs to the schools that do not have traditional computer labs. The mobile labs are small carts on wheels, created for storing and charging laptops and other mobile devices. The carts also act as a hotspot, providing WiFi to the area. The cart includes a laptop equipped with lessons for the teacher and a laptop for each student to follow along during instruction. The laptops are also equipped for use by students for individualized lessons. Each cart costs approximately $5,000 and this project aims to supply two carts.
View DIL’s DIL Reporting Form 2016
School Supplies, Transportation & Improvements
Projects within this category provide essential supplies and school improvements that girls need to be successful at school. Projects may include simple school supplies like books, uniforms, chalkboards, and desks, transportation projects like bicycles for girls who walk a long way to school, or improvement projects like separate bathrooms for girls or adding new classrooms.
Apne Aap (India)
Goal: A Safe Place to Study
Apne Aap’s Kasturba Gandhi Girls School is in the state of Bihar, India close to the border with Nepal. The residential school serves 100 girls who are in danger of being exploited in prostitution. Through the school the girls have a safe place to learn, study and pursue friendships during the week, and still visit with their families on the weekend. Most the girls are the first in the families to have the chance to receive and education.
This project costs $1920 and all the funding needed for one girl to live and attend the school for one full year. This includes meals, personal items, and school supplies. Read the LA Times article about the school and see photos here.
Challenging Heights (Ghana)
Goal: Classroom Supplies
Challenging Heights helps survivors of slavery and children vulnerable to human trafficking in a coastal fishing community in Ghana. With a strong focus on inclusivity where boys and girls education is valued equally, the school is a safe haven that offers children genuine opportunities and hope for the future. The GLI program is very popular, with students keen to share ideas and experiences with other children around the world.
This project costs $2,000 and will provide funding for basic classrooms supplies for 100 students, including chalk ($1 a box), several notebooks ($4 per student), and a book bag ($15 per student) – basic materials essential to a quality learning experience!
View Challenging Heights’ 2015 Funds Report.
The Emusoi Centre (Tanzania)
The Emusoi Centre seeks to address the lack of opportunities for girls’ education within indigenous pastoralist/hunter-gatherers societies. Traditionally, pastoralist girls are married in arranged marriages as soon as they reach puberty. For many, this takes place even before a girl has completed primary school. Sometimes, the arrangement has taken place when the girl is quite young and some of the bride-price has already been paid. The Emusoi Centre serves as a “safe house” for girls who run away from forced marriage and who want to continue with their studies and for many who are brought in secret to the Centre by their mothers or other concerned relatives. It provides the girls with pre-secondary remedial studies.
At present, there are 50 girls in the pre-secondary program who live at the Emusoi Centre. This project costs $2,000 total and will provide all the necessary school supplies ($40 per girl) for these 50 girls for one full school year.
St. Rido School (Uganda)
St. Rido raises awareness in the community about the importance of educating girls in Uganda and provides primary education and vocational training to 122 girls that would not otherwise be able to afford it. The school focuses on girls that have been orphaned or are disabled and offers them education so that they can provide for themselves.
In order to strengthen and expand their vocational training program, the school is constructing a new block of classrooms. This project will provide supplies to paint the new classrooms ($650) and electrical installation ($1500) to be used for internet connection, lighting and to power tools for the vocational courses. The project will cost $2,150 total and will be completed over the course of a year.
View St Rido’s 2015 Funds Report.
Goal: A Home Away from Home
The Veerni Institute educates and empowers adolescent girls from poor villages in the desert areas around Jodhpur, India by providing access to secondary education. The Institute provides boarding, health facilities and education to 70 girls who live together for 6 years sharing everything and developing lifelong friendships. A boarding school situation is important so that the girls can be free from early forced marriage and other pressures to care for family instead of focusing on school.
This project costs $2,510 total and will provide 2 girls living and studying at the Veerni Institute with food ($640 per girl), school tuition ($250 per girl), hostel rent ($340 per girl), and stationery ($ 25 per girl) for 1 year of study.
View Veerni’s 2015 Funds Report.
Girls’ Health & Clean Water
Projects within this category ensure girls stay healthy and strong, a prerequisite for quality education. Access to clean water is important especially because the task of collecting water for families often falls to school aged girls. Projects may include water filters, health screenings, mosquito nets, health education workshops, and machines that make sanitary pads.
BEADS for Education (Kenya)
BEADS for Education has educated over 500 Maasai girls in Kenya since 2003. These girls face many obstacles to an education–gender, poverty, distance, and cultural norms. BEADS for Education addresses these barriers through programs such as book groups, FGM-free coming of age ceremonies, food security, and the BEADS for Education high school.
The BEADS for Education high school wants to help more girls prepare for careers in the sciences and medicine. For a fully functional science lab, the school needs 25 new science lab table units. This resource will allow students to train in the medical field and return to work with the underserved Maasai people. It will empower girls to become leaders in science and medicine. This year, this project will raise the money for four table units at $500 each (total $2000).
Watch a video about the BEADS Tembea school.
View BEADS’ 2015 Funds Report.
Pardada Pardadi (India)
Goal: Affordable Medicine
Pardada Pardadi is in the tehsil (territorial division within a district) of Anupshahar, which is int he Bulandshahar district of the state Uttar Pradesh of India. Pardada Pardadi works to empower women from the poorest sections of society. To do this they provide free education for girls and job opportunities for women.
A new health clinic is being built on school grounds to serve students, their families, employees and other members of the community. This project will provide funding for building and equipping the new health center.
View Pardada Pardadi’s 2015 Funds Report
Goal: Clean Water and Toiletries for Health and Wellbeing
The Unnati Foundation’s Girls’ Home serves 20 girls ages 5-18 years old in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The group home creates a long-term, loving family, and provides the girls with a safe and supportive environment to eat, sleep, learn, play and live. The Unatti Foundation sponsors 13 years of formal school education for all residents of the Unatti Group Home for Girls.
Just like in any home, access to clean water must be purchased and the girls in the Unatti home need funding for toiletries and basic supplies. This project cost $1,740 in total and will fund toiletries for all the girls in the house ($125 per month) and clean water for the house ($20 per month.)
View Unatti’s 2015 Funds Report
Human Rights, Leadership & Empowerment
Projects within this category teach the fundamental principles of human rights and full gender equality. Girls’ rights are human rights and young people who understand can stand up for their own rights and the rights of others, making a difference in their community and around the world. Projects in this category include funding for girls empowerment groups, workshops on sex education and human rights advocacy programs.
Action India (India)
Goal: Girls’ Empowerment, GLI style!
Pressures to leave school and enter into an early marriage are common for girls in Action India’s Adolescent Girls GLI program. The program creates the space where girls learn to question social norms and assert their rights for gender equality. Their collective strength enables individual girls to negotiate their freedom at home. With groups of 25-30 girls meeting weekly in 5 locations around Delhi, the girls are learning the skills to delay marriage, stay in school and learn occupational skills. Group activities include career counseling, life skills training, legal literacy, sessions on sexuality and health, computer classes and activism to end sexual harassment in public places.
This project supplies funding for materials and supplies for the girls’ empowerment groups, including internet fees and computer skills instructor fees.
View Action India’s 2015 Funds Report.
Women LEAD at the Adarsha Vidya Mandir School (Nepal)
Women LEAD Nepal is a professional and leadership development organization for young women, led by young women, in Nepal. This year, 28 grade nine students (20 girls and 8 boys), are participating in the program at Adarsha Vidya Mandir School. Students attend weekly workshops led by two trained high school seniors that focus on issues that are not discussed in schools, such as civic engagement and responsibility, bullying, street harassment and reproductive health. Over the course of the year, students develop lifelong habits, such as active listening and time management, and look up to young women as leaders and role models.
This project supplies funding for interns and mentors supporting the SLP, costs of supplies and session materials, and translation fees for the handouts. The cost of the program is $75 per girl participating, or $1500 total.
View Adarsha Vidya Mandir’s 2015 Funds Report
Goal: Human Rights Education for a Complete Education
World Assistance for Cambodia’s rural school project provides students, specifically girls, with the opportunity to receive an education instead of having to work in the fields, or stay home to take care of siblings.
This project will provide students at four Cambodian Schools with monthly human rights workshops conducted by trained staff. Additionally, four students at each school (16 students total) will receive a $5 monthly small stipend for their families which helps to supplement the families income so that students are not pulled from school to work. These students also receive a uniform, shoes and the school supplies they need to continue to attend class. This project costs $2,500 in total.
View World Assistance for Cambodia’s 2015 Funds Report.