education and empowerment
More than 130 million girls around the world are not in school. Conflict, childhood marriage, lack of finances, and health issues are just some of the reasons girls aren't able to get their educations. S H E was created to address the unique challenges girls face around the world and improve access to education.
For every $50 sponsorship, S H E provides a school uniform, full tuition and year-round mentoring to a girl in Togo, Africa. Girls don't just receive a school uniform at S H E, they learn to sew their own.
By learning to sew their own uniforms, girls become active in their own development. S H E empowers girls with the necessary resources, skill set, and confidence to obtain an education and determine their own future.
We teach girls to sew their own required school uniforms so they can go to school!
S H E also sponsors each girl's tuition to relieve the financial burden on their families. We also provide year-round mentoring and tutoring to improve their chances of success.
Thanks to our incredible sponsors, S H E recently sent 65 girls to school for the 2017-2018 school year!
Why School Uniforms?
School uniforms are required in most schools in Africa, but they represent a major barrier for girls trying to get an education.
If a girl cannot afford a school uniform, she'll be turned away from school. If her uniform is ripped or torn, she'll be sent home. If her uniform is dirty because she only has one and cannot afford to wash it frequently, she'll be asked to leave.
In speaking with girls in our Togo program, it became clear that this is an all-too-common occurrence. A $12 uniform is often all that stands between a child and her education.
Sure, we could just provide girls with uniforms, but teaching them to sew their own helps girls learn a valuable skill and places them at the center of their own development.
Want to learn more about our approach? Read our blog about school uniforms.