And watch the world change!
It’s Women’s History Month, and our partners and friends at Kenya Connect have been all over Twitter this month, with the #PovertyIsSexist campaign. It’s true. Girls growing up in poverty are worse off. They are less likely to stay in school than their male counterparts, setting them up for lower wages and limited financial opportunity.
But with each year of secondary education, girls’ eventual annual wages go up by 15-25 percent. They are less likely to become child brides, stay healthier themselves, have healthier children and smaller families.
By supporting education through The School Fund, you’re helping girls and women break out of poverty.
Here’s how we’ve been moving the needle for girls
Our Honor Roll members contribute monthly to support a student each month who won’t meet his or her funding goal by deadline. These funds recently went toward scholarships for girls from Milaan, our partner in India that has built a secondary school to serve over 20 villages in a rural region of Uttar Pradesh. Milaan also runs a program to help get girls who’ve dropped out back to school. These are girls, like Shivanshi who also farm to support their families, girls like Dolly whose families keep them out of school because of the dangers associated with walking such long distances alone, and girls like Babli, who grew up in intense poverty but now dream of becoming doctors.
Our founder Matt Severson recently used our new fundraising tool to collect the best gift we can imagine. For his 27th birthday, he asked friends and family to donate to student scholarships. Matt zipped right past his goal and raised a whopping $3,063. As one of his supporters wrote “This is the best use of our money I can possibly think of!”
Of course, we agree.
So do the students who got the gift of education for Matt’s birthday!
To set up your own fundraiser, visit Classy or email Liz Texeira for details. If you’re not ready to start your own fundraiser, consider joining the Honor Roll, which allows you to make an ongoing impact for as little as $5/month.