Girls just wanna.... go to school
NCP's Give a Girl a Chance fund supporting girls' education
Education keeps girls away from early marriage, builds self-esteem, and prepares them for a life of opportunity, yet many girls are kept from school by gender bias, household labor, insecurity, lack of girls' toilets, and poverty. In South Sudan, where NCP gives scholarships and has built a girls' boarding school, 75 percent of young girls are not even in elementary school. In Malawi, home to our A Girl and A Bike program, 10 percent of girls are married before they turn 15. In Nepal, where we support girls like Rojina, Kabita and Munni (above left), not being in school makes young women much more vulnerable to being trafficked into the sex trade.
Need a fund-raising project?
Need a project for your camp, Vacation Bible School, Girl Scout troop or other group? Have we got a deal for you! We are always in need of support for girls' education - everything from scholarships to shoes to bikes to backpacks to food (! yep, some girls are too hungry to go to school).
And we've got a brand-new video telling all about it for Bible Schools and church camps! Find it here.
NCP's Give a Girl a Chance fund supports girls' education in Myanmar, Nepal, Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda and Malawi, providing scholarships, hygienic materials, shoes, covid masks, bicycles and sometimes even food, as girls in places like Congo (top right) can't learn on an empty stomach.
Chepang girls like Nirmala were at a crossroads.
Having just completed primary school in their hill village near Chitwan, Nepal, she and five other girls from the
indigenous Chepang community stood at a crossroads. Secondary school was hard to reach, both in distance
(down in the valley far below) and dollars (or rupees). So even though attending would keep them away from
early marriage (as young as 14 or 15) and early child-bearing - or from being trafficked to next door India -
their parents could not afford to send them.
When NCP learned about their plight thanks to their teacher and a local NGO, we added them to our
Earth Day/girls' education campaign last spring and raised the $1500 needed to send them to school this
year (yep, less than $1 a day keeps one of these girls in school).
Of course, they do their part, making the hour+ walk each way down/up the mountain to school each day.
Ma Aung (at right), a hill tribe girl in Myanmar, received NCP support through
middle and high school, and continues to be supported in university, where she's
studying to be a chemistry teacher! Another goal of hers: to be a role model for
other young women in her community.
$30 - $300 = year’s tuition (differs from one area/grade level to another)
$750 = college tuition for someone like Ma Aung
$20 = hygienic supplies for the school year
$10 - $20 - $50 = shoes – school uniform – desk
As always with our Special Projects, 100% of donations go to the programs!
We help girls get through high school, but they want more! So we launched Second Step to send them to college or medical school or for skills training, inviting individuals and groups to provide all or part of a girl's support for the 2-4 years it takes her to finish. Provide $750 per year or a portion thereof - receive a photo and bio of the girl. Every gift helps these girls take their Second Step!
photos: Kide Eveline, studying to be a midwife in Lira, Uganda;
Rehema Regina (far right in group photo), medical student from Congo