Global Friends believes that education is essential to rising out of poverty. We have seen, first hand, how education can be the difference between a productive and fulfilling life, and one that is devastated by AID/HIV, deficiencies, dependence and frustration.
In 2020, Global Friends, in partnership with our trusted, long-time partner, ARUWE (Action for Rural Empowerment of Women), is introducing Girls Going Forward, a two-year transformational education program. Sessions for Girls Going Forward are offered in a safe space by qualified educators and cover business and vocational training, entrepreneurial mentorship, and education on assertiveness and reproductive health. Girls Going Forward also offers graduates financial support in the form of microloans to facilitate successful small business start-up. The areas of study are carefully chosen to ensure training meets the needs of the communities where the girls live thereby making sustainable employment most likely.
We have chosen to focus on a specific program for girls because:
- 50% of girls in Africa are sexually enslaved, out of school, and might not live beyond 34 years due to poverty, HIV / AIDS and violence
- 700,000 + girls in Uganda between the ages of 6 to 12 have never attended school
- approximately half of girls between the ages of 15 to 24 years are illiterate
- 80% of girls do not attend high school
Girls Going Forward equips out-of-school girls and young women with tools to benefit them -- and their communities – today, and throughout their lives. The program is designed to help participants thrive as they rise out of poverty and the associated discriminations inhibiting their potential. We are aiming to support 225 young women in 2020 and hope to help thousands more in the future.