We are thrilled to announce that we will be participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017! This is a special giving week, where everyone will have their donation to our life-changing work in Ethiopia DOUBLED.
The challenge runs from midday on Tuesday 28th November - midday on Tuesday 5th December, and all donations can be made on our Big Give page here. Why not put the date in your diary, and take the opportunity to have your Christmas charitable giving go twice as far?
In rural southern Ethiopia, just 11% of girls go to secondary school due to the heavy burdens they face from domestic duties, gender discrimination, inadequate sanitary protection and early marriage. There is also a severe shortage of secondary schools in these rural areas. We’re raising funds to transform secondary access and support 63,000 at-risk girls to gain competencies and confidence to break out of the domestic norm and choose their career and life path. We’ll construct four schools in remote areas near primaries; upgrade 12 existing schools; support girls directly with improved literacy and numeracy teaching, guidance, lifeskills training and counselling; and provide them with support packages and supplies for school, from reusable sanitary protection to bursaries and textbooks.
14-year old Askalech dreams of becoming a scientist, but was falling behind in school due to missing weeks because of excess chores at home and her monthly period. School was a scary place that did not support her or her female friends. Now she receives sanitary protection and can access a dedicated female toilet at school. Guidance, counselling, tutorials and financial literacy training are building her self-esteem and helping her gain skills to realise her potential for life and livelihood opportunities. She is continually inspired by female role models in her community, who visit school and share their experience of completing education and developing their own livelihoods.
We are trying to raise final funding of £12,500 to bring this valuable project to life in 2018. All donations made between 28 November and 5 December online through The Big Give Christmas Challenge site will be doubled. Your support will play a truly measurable role in helping girls to access and stay in school.
To donate from midday on 28th November, simply click here!