What We Do
Why Girls’ Education
Education is a basic human right. However, 100+ million girls worldwide missing from school, which has far-reaching effects on their families, communities, and future generations.
When a girl is educated, everything changes!
The Educated Girl Program
Hewalenamo Girls’ scholarship fund was launched in 2010 in response to the overwhelming need for financial support for girls’ education. Over the past 9 years, the fund has steadily grown from just 6 scholarships to 19 scholarships in 2019.
The Cost of Education
In Ghana, public education is free however, families are required to pay several fees including: special teacher fees, transportation, exam fees, uniform costs, textbook costs and ceremony fees. These fees are why many impoverished girls are not able to attend school. The indirect cost of education can often be more than an average family can afford. This often leaves family with a choice of educating their sons over their daughters. Instead the girls are often required to care for her younger siblings or work in the market, continuing the cycle of poverty.
Your Monthly Donation
Your monthly donation is dedicated to sponsor the student’s in The Educated Girl Program. Your giving gives them access to a quality education, you help empower them to break the cycle of poverty. The funds finance a child’s school-related expenses, including all tuition and school fees, uniforms, textbooks, school supplies, daily lunch at school, and tutoring. Our sponsorship program aims to ensure that the most vulnerable girls stay in school and succeed.
Hewalenamo is committed to give a hand up to those most in need. All applicants for our Educated Girl Program go through multiple home visits and an income verification process before a student is approved for the program.
A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more income as an adult.
On avarage, woman invest 90% of their income back into their families and communities.
Some countries lose more than $1 billion a year in GDP by not educating girls to the same level as boys.
If 1% more girls in Ghana were able to enroll in secondary school,Ghana's GDP would rise by $5.5 billion.
The Empowered Girl Project
Goal - To empower girls, aged 11-15, with the tools they need to stay in school and avoid child marriage, disease, early pregnancy, and violence.
The Empowered Girl Project is a year-long mentoring & leadership development program created by Hewalenamo. We have combined forces with strategic partners and local leaders to increase the capacity of 100 girls attending Sempe Primary and JHS School.
Empowered Girls Avoid:
· Early pregnancy
· Dropping out of school
· Sexual violence
· Forced marriage
Empowered Girls Gain:
· Life skills
· Leadership Skills
· Financial Literacy
Empowered Girls Become:
· Empowered young women that have the ability to transform their lives and the lives of others
· Hold institutions accountable
· Community leaders
14 million girls under the age of 18 will be married this year.
If all girls globally had a secondary education, there would be 75% fewer child marriages.
Half of all births in the developing world are to adolescent girls.
If all mothers completed primary school, maternal deaths would be reduced by two thirds.
The Educated Girl Program ends for a student once she graduates from high school. After our first 6 students completed the program, we discovered that many were having to take very low paying jobs. The costs for vocational school or university were not within their reach. Our HighHER Education program was birthed from that need.
We help the young ladies transition to the world beyond high school through offering seed funding for alumnae to enter higher education, and entrepreneurship and livelihoods training.
Hewalenamo is dedicated to the long-term success of girls in Ghana. Therefore, we are committed to enable each girl to put her education into practice beyond the time she graduates.
We support all of our students who qualify for continuing education through the application and admissions processes. For these girls, we provide support in the following ways:
University entrance exam coaching.
Help with applications for admission.
Assistance researching private and government sources of funding.
Small living stipends or transport costs for girls who have matriculated to higher education.