We have been committed to seeing our scholarship recipients all the way through graduation, which is why the total amount of the program increases every year to cover the new fees. $1,500 is needed by January 22nd to support the remaining 13 Zambian girls benefitting from the scholarship program to finish secondary school. The scholarships provide school supplies, books, uniforms, and sanitary supplies, and the girls are supported through school until they graduate.
HIV disproportionately affects girls and young women in Sub-Saharan Africa. They account for 74% of new infections among adolescents, with more than 1,000 new infections every day. Poverty, childhood marriage, gender-based violence, becoming an orphan and school drop-out all contribute to girls' vulnerability to HIV.
Education is one of the best defenses against the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS. A case study in Botswana found that just one additional year in secondary school cuts girls' risk of HIV nearly in half! Imagine the impact that completing secondary school will have on the lives and families of the at-risk girls in Zambia who receive these scholarships.
Evidence proves that empowering girls through education not only decreases the risk of HIV/AIDS, but also prevents childhood-marriage, delays childbearing, lowers infant mortality rates and increases girls' future earning power. Empowering girls to complete secondary school creates a powerful ripple effect across families and communities. Your donation and support will open new doors for girls and young women, giving them the chance to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).