Sponsor a Girl Education

Sponsor a Girl: Education Is Key

For many little girls in the United States and wealthier countries, when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, it was assumed they would receive an education and go on to find an occupation they loved. Yet, in certain parts of the world, a girl is far from guaranteed an education. She waits and hopes for a sponsor. A girl’s education path is not the norm in many developing countries.

Worldwide, approximately 169 million girls are out of school. Of this number, 32 million are primary school age, 30 million are lower-secondary age, and 67 million are upper-secondary age.[1] Though the reasons for this are varied, the results are often the same: ongoing poverty, gender-based violence, human trafficking and child marriage.

“Despite substantial progress over the last two decades, girls still have on average lower levels of educational attainment than boys in many countries, especially at the secondary and tertiary levels,” noted a joint report published by the Global Partnership for Education.[2] “Low educational attainment affects girls’ life trajectories’ in many ways. Girls dropping out of school early are more likely to marry or have children early, before they may be physically and emotionally ready to become wives and mothers. This may affect their own health. It may also affect that of their children,” the report revealed.

For a girl, child education might begin, but when her family is faced with difficult financial decisions, a male sibling’s education is often put first. UNICEF reports that with the investment in the education of a girl, child marriage drops significantly.[3]

Making sure girls are educated results in these benefits[4]:

  • The lifetime earnings of girls dramatically increases
  • National growth rates rise
  • Child marriage rates decline
  • Child mortality rates fall
  • Maternal mortality rates fall
  • Child stunting drops

Girls’ education in South Asia has been recognized as a needing improvement. So much so that in August 2009, one country’s parliament had passed the landmark Right to Education Act which made education free and compulsory for children between the ages 6 and 14. For a time, this helped get more girls into school, even if it didn’t keep them there.[5]

Barriers unaddressed by laws include cultural expectations, major safety concerns, hygiene issues and more. Those around the girls must be diligent to make sure girls make it into school, continue school, and finish school as the they will likely fight an uphill battle the whole way.

Sarafina understood this well. As a child, GFA World missionaries found her at the age of five in need of assistance. It was through a sponsor that they helped her get into school and advance, also providing help for her family. She was excited and growing in her studies.[6]

She made it to the 12th grade, which was a major milestone for her, but her family’s situation deteriorated. Sarafina had to forgo her future education plans and stay home to care for her aging grandparents and take care of the family home.

GFA teachers invited her, along with other child sponsorship graduates, to learn about a fellowship program. Sarafina attended, and her teachers were thrilled to see her. When they heard that she had stopped her education, they knew they had to act.

With the help of the supportive GFA missionaries, Sarafina enrolled in a course to become a blood bank lab technician. She finished her degree and got a job as a lab technician.

“My heart is filled with gratitude toward God and His people,” Sarafina said. “I will never forget [the GFA missionaries] and all the help I have received from them. It is only because of [them] that I am in this job today.”

Sarafina not only achieved a personal dream and goal, but also put herself in a better position to help her family financially. Everyone around her benefits from her education and hard work.

It can be this way for other girls, too. When generous people like you sponsor a girl, education becomes a reality for her. She can start to dream about what she wants to be when she grows up, like Sarafina. The confidence, fulfillment, and security of education and employment will help Sarafina go far in life, as well as help her family and add to the overall community. Everyone wins.

To sponsor a girl, education included, simply go to GFA’s Child Sponsorship page and under the gender, choose female. Hundreds of girls await your generosity and support. Without you, they face child marriage, constant threats to their safety, and a life marked by poverty and struggle.

Be the source of hopes and dreams for a little girl today. Sponsor her future with your simple monthly gift of $35 per month. She will receive access to clean water, supplies for school, educational support, regular food, and so much more. All of these life-giving elements are provided through the loving care of GFA missionaries, who also bring the Good News of Jesus Christ and His personal love for each child. She will learn that she is loved by the God of the Universe and worthy of hope.

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[1] UNICEF, “Girls Education.” https://www.unicef.org/education/girls-education. Accessed October 7, 2022.
[2] Quentin Wodon, Claudio Montenegro, Hoa Nguyen, and Adenike Onagoruwat, “The Cost of Not Education Girls,” CIFF, World Bank, Malala Fund, Global Partnership for Education. https://www.globalpartnership.org/sites/default/files/2018-07-gpe-high-cost-of-not-educating-girls.pdf. July 2018.
[3] UNICEF, “Girls Education.” https://www.unicef.org/education/girls-education. Accessed October 7, 2022.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Time Magazine, “School Has Been a Right for Girls in India Since 2009. So Why Aren’t They Going?” https://time.com/5614642/india-girls-education/. June 27, 2019.
[6] Gospel for Asia. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=460701342764110&set=a.355741243260121. August 25, 2022.