How Do We Help People Make the Education of a Girl Child a Priority?

Every country and culture has its barriers to the education of a girl child. From centuries of gender bias to war-torn communities to cultural norms, millions of girls worldwide face layers of obstacles to their education.

A report by Save the Children reveals that one billion children live in poverty, 240 million live in areas impacted by conflict, and 575 million girls live in countries where discrimination against women and girls is common.[1]

These statistics can leave us shocked and then numb as we wonder if there is any hope for their safety and for their future. Though we know that the poor will always be with us (Matthew 26:11), we also know that not a sparrow falls without God noticing (Matthew 10:29). God has prepared good deeds ahead of time for those who love Him (Ephesians 2:10). Statistics may shock and discourage, but we serve a God who can press down and multiply to overflowing (Luke 6:38).

This is how God takes one sponsorship by someone thousands of miles away, presses it down with His love and compassion, and uses it to change the lives of not just one girl but also the lives of those around her to overflowing.

The answer to opening the world’s eyes to the positive and overflowing impact of girls’ education is to help the one girl show those around her how full of life and potential she is. It’s in her one life lived to its potential that will make people wonder what other little girls need that she has —an education and a hope.

GFA World’s Child Sponsorship program works through on-the-ground missionaries who see the reality of girls at risk for neglect, child marriage, human trafficking and hard labor. Through their eyes of compassion, they identify children who most need the care of child sponsorship.

Just $35 a month is the difference between wandering the streets alone and going to school in a safe environment where she can get clean water, regular food and support.

Be a sponsor today for a girl at risk and you will be helping everyone around her to understand why girls’ education is such a high priority for her and for the world.

Learn more about how to sponsor a girl’s education

[1] Geoghegan, Tracy. “Global Childhood Report 2021: The Toughest Places to be a Child.” Save the Children. https://www.savethechildren.org/content/dam/usa/reports/advocacy/2021-global-childhood-report.pdf. March 2021.
* Cover Photo: “”Child labour in a metalware factory in Bangladesh.” Shagor Khan. https://www.flickr.com/photos/113504075@N05/16526574938/. March 4, 2015.