Wezesha Vijana (Girls’ Advancement) Program
– Educate a Girl Child –
Numerous studies have shown that girls’ education is one of the most cost-effective strategies for promoting development and economic growth.
Understanding relevant cultural, social, and health factors are critical to addressing girls’ education and the “keeping girls in school” gap. Asante Africa Foundation collaborates with parents, local leaders, and organizations, to develop a community-based program, specific to East Africa that reaches out to adolescent girls, their mothers, and male peers to educate them on their rights, reproductive health, financial literacy, and personal safety.
Girls in our program are becoming leaders!
Girls have the confidence to stand up for what they believe in, they are becoming advocates in their communities, and they are starting girl-led leadership clubs and small businesses. This is how we know our program works.
Where does your donation go?
Books & Learning Materials ~ Provides one girl with notebooks, writing tools, and text books for one year.
Girls’ Essentials Kit ~ Gives one girl learning materials, hygiene products, mentorship and support, for one year.
Girl-led Club ~ Funds an entire girl-led club, 60+ girls. This covers all costs for the club to start income generation activities, gives them support and mentorship, provides supplies, and equipment, for one year.
By making a donation, you are providing girls in East Africa the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
YOUR SUPPORT IS:
Educating girls in sexual maturation, reproductive health, and children’s rights
Assisting schools in providing safe and healthy spaces for girls
Teaching boys to be a support system and an ally to the girls
Mobilizing young women as community mentors and role models
Fostering greater communication between parents and children
Building peer support networks such as girl-led school clubs
• Girls are at risk of dropping out of school and rarely advance to secondary school
• Girls are likely to encounter sexual violence
• Girls are often subjected to cultural traditions around early marriage, and practices like female genital mutilation
• Girls lack the proper knowledge about puberty, pregnancy, and personal rights
Our partnerships with P&G, Weyerhaeuser, and community-based organizations focus on a multi-effort approach that reaches out to adolescent girls alongside mothers and male peers so that they can learn about reproductive health and rights, as well as financial literacy and personal safety.
Programming includes community support, parental engagement, peer mentoring, and boy inclusion. Our mother-daughter intervention model improves community support to keep girls in school longer while promoting improved long- term health outcomes. Girls also serve as peer facilitators and it allows their confidence and impact to multiply as they share their knowledge with mothers, sisters, and peers.
All programming includes community support, parental engagement, peer mentoring, and boy inclusion.
Our program results show that post-intervention, girls have increased knowledge on body maturation and puberty, with 85% of participants reporting that they confidently attend classes during menstruation and 70% reporting that they know the importance of preventing HIV. Financial understanding has increased, with 95% appreciating the significance of saving for future goals. 89% of girls at schools involved with the program have demonstrated an improvement in academic performance.
GIRLS’ ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM AWARDS
UNICEF awards a UN Girls Education Initiative grant for promising practice
Mary Kwena, Girl’s Program Manager, Receives WWSF Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life, 2015
Anne Kiloku, Named Outstanding Woman of Likipia Country, Kenya, 2015
“I learnt how to save money so I can help my mother buy school supplies, and rear chickens at home.”
“I can handle menstruation by use of pads and maintain body cleanliness unlike before the training.”
“I had a strong will that one day I would change the trend in the male dominated society.”
“I now have confidence to stand up for my rights, and know how to take care of my body. I can teach the other girls in my community.”