Globally, there are 62 million girls out of school and millions more at-risk for dropping out. Without education, their lives become extremely difficult. In developing countries, the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19 is pregnancy and complications from childbirth. 1 in 3 girls is married before the age of 18. The average age of a prostitute is 13-14 years old. Overall, 70% of the world’s poor are women and girls. GO Campaign is dedicated to bringing these girls the strength, the education, and the opportunity they need to break this cycle of poverty and gender discrimination. The GO Girls! initiative is our commitment to empower girls, one community at a time. Through our grantmaking, we are working to improve girls’ lives every day. Since 2006, we have partnered with Local Heroes in the United States and across the developing world to implement targeted projects reaching the most marginalized girls.
Girls Empowered: 36,056
Projects Funded: 43
Here are a few of the ways we are changing girls lives!
In Cambodia, poor families are unable to educate all their children and too often they choose not to pay for their daughters’ schooling. GO Campaign has been a long-time supporter of LHA’s Program Advancing Girls’ Education (PAGE). Since its launch in 2012, LHA has helped girls complete their secondary school education. GO Campaign’s support was critical to helping LHA expand the program’s capacity and providing the girls with a safe home while they pursue their academic dreams.
In Kibera, adolescent girls are dropping out of school at a higher rate than their male peers. GO Campaign is partnering with KGSA to change this statistic. GO’s support is ensuring that girls have access to learning science, mentors, fieldtrips, and micro-loans. In 2018, we built a computer lab at KGSA giving girls their first opportunity to use a computer and become technology literate. We are excited to develop the next generation of girl leaders in Kenya.
In Nepal and Ethiopia, families often marry off their daughters as child brides or sell them to traffickers. GWP is committed to changing these economic realities and elevating the social status of all Nepali females, and Studio Samuel strives to end child marriage in Ethiopia. GO Campaign is proud to be a long-time supporter of GWP’s girls’ empowerment and microloan program. In 2016 alone, our funds supported 92 girls groups which established 122 businesses directly impacting 236 girls and enabling them to employ 436 people in their community. These girls are now respected community members, role models, and leaders. In 2018, we helped Studio Samuel launch a microloan program in Addis Ababa to give young mothers an opportunity to provide for the basic needs of their families and break the cycle of poverty.
In the United States, nationally there has been a steady decline in rates birth rates of girls ages 15 to 19 over the last two decades. However, there is still a need in Los Angeles to support teen mothers. Approximately 4% of all live births in Los Angeles County are born to moms ages 15 to 19. GO Campaign is proud to support Generation Her to address the needs of young mothers, ages 13-23, and their children by connecting them to a supportive community of adult mentors, equipping them with desired life skills and parenting support, and ultimately impacting their future in a positive way. In 2018, we are improving the lives of 150 teen mothers by teaching them critical skills such as: budgeting, money management, job interviewing skills, resume building, cooking, self-defense, nutrition, stress/anger management, relationship workshops and so much more.
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