Give a goat, and transform a girl’s life!
Girls who manage to go to school also face numerous challenges. Long daily commutes leave girls vulnerable to abduction and rape. Others drop out due to lack of financial support. With few life skills and little confidence, many young girls marry early and become mothers. They own nothing and are entirely dependent. In some cultural contexts, married women are inherited like property when their husbands die. Thus, thousands of girls are denied education, equality, dignity, and self-determination.
For too many families, education for girls is not considered a priority. Instead, most parents invest in boys, leaving a huge educational gender disparity. The Goats4Girls initiative addresses these inequalities in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. The program aims to economically empower girls by increasing enrollment, retention, and progression in school.Read more
Empowering communities to end poverty
Nestor dela Cruz is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Malocloc Sur. He is a father of four and earns an average of $23 per month. His family’s main source of income and food is from his farming. The BRIDGE program advocated the use of alternative crops and promoted drought-resistant crops and vegetables. Given Nestor’s 30-year farming experience, and because he lived through the last great drought in 1997-98, he was eager to try these techniques. He was the only farmer in his area who decided to not only to plant rice, and instead made the educated gamble to plant squash as his alternative crop. In his second cropping season, which was usually rice and from which is normally made $250, he doubled his earnings by planting squash and papaya. According to Nestor, he harvested around 3 tons of squash and made approximately $600. Read more