Did you know... 130 million girls are not in school around the world. Poverty remains the largest barrier to education for girls around the world.
At S H E, we remove the financial and social barriers to education for girls in rural Togo, Africa. In our 5 years of operation, we've provided over 4,500 education sponsorships to girls living in 21 rural communities across Togo. Last year, 99.9% of our students passed their classes and National exams.
It starts with a school uniform... That grows
Notsé, Togo, West Africa
Our program launched in 2017 in Notse, Togo, Africa, a country where girls spend an average of just 2 - 3 years in school, and just 33% of girls go to junior high school.
A required school uniform is the largest financial barrier keeping girls out of school in Togo and in many countries around the world.
To address this problem, S H E designed the world's only school uniform that grows so girls can wear their uniforms confidently for up to 3 years! Every girl receives a new school uniform as part of her sponsorship at S H E.
What every girl at S H E receives
Our holistic girls' education program serves 1,500 girls annually in kindergarten through high school. Each year, every girl at S H E receives:
S H E uniform that grows
year-round tutoring from our local team
reusable menstrual health kit
1 year's worth of school supplies
durable, waterproof backpack
Where we work
Togo is a beautiful country known for its rich cultural history and entrepreneurial women. However, Togo is also one of the lowest ranking countries in the world for gender equality and human development.
The average education level for girls in rural Togo is just 2 - 3 years, with only 33% of girls advancing to junior high school.
Poverty remains the largest barrier to education for students in Togo. With roughly 69% of rural Togo living on less than $1.90 per day, poverty disproportionately affects girls living in rural communities.
Our impact at a glance
In 2022, our hardworking students achieved the highest success rate in program history. 1,499 out of our 1,500 girls passed their classes and national exams. That's nearly 40% higher than the national average in Togo.
1,500 girls sponsored in 2022
(4,595 since 2017)
99.9% student pass rate (40% higher than national average)
21 rural communities served (98% of students live in rural villages)
Elolo was the first girl sponsored by S H E in 2017. At the time, she was supposed to be starting her first year of high school, but her parents could no longer afford her education.
Watch Elolo's incredible story of overcoming adversity and creating opportunity for thousands of girls in her own community.