Our Girls Education program aims to educate and empower the next generation of Ugandan women. We know that each additional year of school boosts a girl’s future earnings by 15 – 25%. Our program pays school fees for girls living in Otuke and Iganga, the rural areas in which we work. Thirty additional students are added to our program each year. All are girls who finish primary school at the top of their classes, and whose families cannot afford to send them to secondary school. Without our sponsorship, most of them would continue working on their family farms and would be quickly married off.
With so many girls in need of education, choosing who to sponsor can be difficult. Recruiting girls in Northern Uganda is particularly challenging because the education system was disrupted by years of civil war; the quality of instruction is also often poor. We look for young women who are highly motivated to change their lives. They know that education is the key to rising out of poverty, and they have demonstrated their commitment to academics.
Set for success
We believe boarding school is the best option for girls because it keeps them safe by eliminating long distance commuting, and it frees them from household duties. Boarding also allows girls to focus on their education, have electricity so they can study at night, and receive tutoring. We provide girls not only with tuition, but also school uniforms, a mattress, books, a broom, rolls of toilet paper, and a year’s supply of sanitary pads.
BeadforLife is committed to pay for the girls’ secondary education as long as they continue to excel in school. We are excited to see these girls receive the education they need and deserve to change their lives.
$3 A Day
To send a girl to the best quality boarding school in Uganda it cost $750/year, which covers tuition, room and board and ALL related expenses. It pays for her uniform and necessary sanitary supplies for her to continue class while she has her period. What a worthwhile investment in a young woman’s future!