Empowering Girls

Girls’ Education Empowerment: Transforming Lives and Communities

Girls’ education empowerment is a powerful tool to escape poverty, but many poor families are unable to consider it due to the constant struggle for survival. Unfortunately, when education opportunities arise, girls are often overlooked as their contributions at home are deemed indispensable. As a result, they remain trapped in a cycle of inequality.[1][2]

GFA World, a nonprofit organization, is committed to empowering underprivileged children, including thousands of girls, across Asia and Africa through their Child Sponsorship program. This program provides free education, a comprehensive curriculum, practical skills, social integration, moral values, and emphasizes the importance of character development. Additionally, children benefit from regular provision of free meals and access to medical care. GFA World works closely with girls’ families, demonstrating the value of education and gaining their commitment as partners. Through a holistic approach, the entire family benefits, and free after-school programs supplement their education while providing necessary medical care and nutrition.

Many of these girls graduate high school, secure good jobs, and some even pursue higher education, becoming teachers, engineers, doctors, or nurses. They often return to their communities, sharing their knowledge and skills. Dhitha, a former sponsored child, exemplifies this success story. After completing her education, she became a teacher for other sponsored children, leveraging her personal experience to assist children facing similar challenges. With dedicated teachers and social workers, Dhitha’s care and guidance contribute to the thriving development of these children.[3]

World Vision, a humanitarian organization established in 1950, prioritizes education as a core focus of their efforts. Through their Education Project, they improve teaching and learning environments by collaborating with parents, schools, civic agencies, involving children in their own education through student councils, and advocating for children’s rights at various government levels. GFA World, World Vision, and similar relief agencies rely on child sponsors for funding but also supplement their programs through general donations.

The Malala Fund, founded by Malala Yousafzai, aims to provide 12 years of free, safe, quality education for every girl. Malala’s advocacy began after the Taliban prohibited girls from attending school, and she spoke out against this policy. In response, she was attacked but made a remarkable recovery. In 2013, she established the Malala Fund and, in 2018, received the Nobel Peace Prize. The fund collaborates with local activists and educators through its Education Champion Network to advance the goal of universal education. The Girl Programme enlists young individuals who share Malala’s vision.

Education remains an unfulfilled dream for many impoverished families, with girls being disproportionately affected. However, GFA World is dedicated to transforming this reality through their Child Sponsorship program. By sponsoring a child, you provide free education, practical skills, and essential values. Through holistic efforts involving families and communities, these girls not only graduate high school but also pursue higher education, becoming agents of change in their communities. Join us in empowering dreams and shaping a brighter future through education.

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[1] UNICEF. 2019. “Girls’ Education.” UNICEF. UNICEF. 2019. https://www.unicef.org/education/girls-education.
[2] The World Bank. 2022. “Girls’ Education.” World Bank. February 10, 2022. https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/girlseducation.
[3] “Child Sponsorship – Does It Lift the Young out of Poverty? – GFA.” n.d. www.gfa.org. Accessed June 14, 2023. https://www.gfa.org/special-report/does-sponsoring-child-really-work/.