Around the world, women and girls are disproportionately affected by the cycle of poverty. Of the 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty, approximately 70% are women and girls. Additionally, girls in the developing world are 3x more likely to be malnourished than boys.
One of the most effective ways of ending the cycle of poverty is through the education of women and girls. For every year a girl receives an education, she has the potential to increase her income by anywhere from 10-25%. Her education also benefits her children. Educated mothers tend to have healthier children. Children born to literate mothers are 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. Children with educated mothers are also more likely to be educated themselves. As well, her education can benefit her community and her nation. If 10% more girls attend school, a country can raise its GDP by an average of 3%. When women and girls receive an education, they are able to not only lift themselves out of poverty, but their families and communities as well, causing an impact that lasts for generations.
Unfortunately, many women and girls do not have access to education. Approximately 31 million primary school aged girls and 32 million secondary school aged girls are absent from class. A number of barriers exist which prevent girls from attending school. In Malawi, strong cultural norms about girls’ lower social status, poor sanitation facilities, gender-based violence, a lack of female role models, and early marriage and pregnancy are sometimes insurmountable barriers to a girl’s education. In the community of Mposa (located in Machinga district), literacy is a particular concern. A study conducted in 2011 revealed that only 54% of girls were enrolled in school, with only 18% of girls completing primary school. Additionally, only 5% of all children transitioned from primary to secondary school.
“This is the problem One Kid Making a Difference hopes to address.”
Taylor’s vision is simple: Provide access to education for as many Malawian girls as possible before she graduates high school.
One Kid Making a Difference is partnering with World Vision to ensure access to education for as many girls as possible in the community of Mposa, Malawi. Donations to this campaign will be used to:
- Build sanitation facilities designed to cater to girls that have started menstruation in 10 primary schools and 1 secondary school in the Machinga district.
- Set up school management committees to enact measures to ensure teenage girls are cared for by “mother groups”.
- Provide equipment for extracurricular activities to motivate girls to attend school, such as sports equipment and art supplies.
- Provide textbooks and school supplies.
- Sponsor 2 “Best learners” to visit a local college.