GIRLS EDUCATION PROGRAM (GEP)
Our Girls Education Program empowers girls in poverty by keeping them in school. By providing an education to poor girls, we can break the cycle of poverty and child marriage and get girls onto the path to success. Working with families and communities, we can build a new understanding of the potential for educated girls, and help transform the way entire regions think about poor girls. We believe that educating and empowering girls in poverty is the best investment anyone can make to fight injustice and poverty.
As of March, 2017, Speak Up sponsors the education of more than 1,250 girls in 30 villages in the Khulna area of western Bangladesh. These girls are predominantly Dalits, descendants of the Hindu untouchables, or very poor Muslim girls. They are among the poorest and most marginalized people in an already impoverished country. To date, 654 of our girls have monthly sponsors, so we are looking for many more to join the Sponsorship Team.
Sponsors for the hundreds of new girls in our Catalyst Program pay $30 a month to sponsor one girl’s education, including daily tutoring, books and school supplies, and monthly educational seminars. Since these girls come from villages where literally no woman has ever finished her education or gained outside employment, our Catalyst Program will help girls navigate the difficult path to academic success: staying in school, standing against child marriage, and giving each girl a step-by-step plan for achieving her long-term dream. Hundreds of girls dream of becoming teachers and nurses and doctors and more, hoping to serve their impoverished communities one day. The GEP Catalyst Program will empower them to reach that dream.
Bangladeshi NGO Dhruba is our local implementing partner for the Girls Education Program. Visit Dhruba on Facebook here.
HOW TO SPONSOR A GIRL:
(1) Set up a $30/monthly donation on the ‘Support’ page of our website here. Our staff will contact you to assign you a girl to sponsor.
(2) Go to our Facebook page and browse the Profile Pictures to choose a girl you would like to sponsor. Further instructions are included there.
THANKS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!