We’ve been doing this at Mother’s Fighting For Others for a long time now,Â but we’ve not been saying it as clearly as we should have. We believe educating girls in developing countries is one of the keys to breaking the cycle of poverty and it’s not just our opinion.
This is why we’re taking action in Kenya by creating a new home for 34 girls. We believe that part of the education process is teaching girls that they DESERVE to be treated with respect. Combine an education with a healthy sense of self-worth, and you’ve powerfully changed a life. And changing the life of a girl is important. Here are some facts provided by The Girl Effect.
- When a girl in a developing country receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later, and has 2.2 fewer children.
- Educated girls grow into educated women, who – research shows – have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children.
- When girls and women earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.
- An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ future wages by 10 to 20 percent.
- An extra year of secondary school boosts girls’ future wages by 15 to 25 percent.
At Mothers Fighting For Others, our mission is to help orphaned girls become powerful women. And there’s a lot of work to be done. If you’d like to help, please let us know.