"When the history of African development is written, it will be clear that a turning point involved the empowerment of women.”
- Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky
Worldwide, there are over 60 million girls out of school.
Gender inequality in education is one of the most pressing humanitarian concerns of our time.
- Kenya is one of 80 countries where girls’ education has essentially stalled.
- Kenyan girls are enrolling in school at a lower rate than boys and than the global average.
- A Kenyan girl is 2x more likely to drop out of school after the 8th grade than a Kenyan boy.
- EFAC is sponsoring girls to boys at a rate of 2:1 to address this gender gap in Kenyan education.
- 100% of EFAC girls qualify for post secondary education vs. 30% nationally.
- An EFAC girl is 8x more likely attend university than her peers.
When you educate an EFAC girl she will:
Have fewer & healthier children
Educate her children
Prevent HIV/AIDS infection
Gain status in her community
Champion gender equality
Our girls are defying the odds every day.
They are school prefects and math team champions. They are mentors and advocates for their siblings and their peers.
EFAC girls are the future of Kenya
Carolyne is one such girl.
She grew up in a one-room mud hut with no running water or electricity. After ranking first in her 8th grade class, Carolyne qualified for secondary school but lacked the fees to continue on. Determined not to drop out of school like so many girls in her village, Carolyne opted to repeat the 8th grade at a different primary school. A teacher introduced her to EFAC, and she received a scholarship to attend one of Kenya’s most prestigious girls’ high schools. Carolyne went on to score in the top 1% of the country on her high school exit exam.
Defying just about every odd for a Kenyan girl with her background, Carolyne matriculated into Dartmouth College’s class of 2020 as a freshman this fall. She was awarded the King Scholarship for exceptional students who are committed to addressing global poverty in their home countries.
In her words: “I thought I was just an ordinary girl with no worth. Because of EFAC, I realize I am a person with a destiny, a person with something to do in the world.”