Girl Rising: Take Action
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the screening of Girl Rising at The Music Hall. It was an unforgettable film about the power of education to change the world.
As we learned, millions of girls around the world face barriers to education. But when girls are allowed to go to school, they have a significant impact on their family and community. When you educate a girl she will earn up to 25 percent more and reinvest 90 percent of her income in her family. Her children will be more likely to go to school and be immunized, leading to healthier, more productive individuals and communities.
"When girls go to school and get an education, they stay healthy. They save money. They speak up. They build businesses. Then they pass it all on...and poverty declines," Richard Robbins, Director of Girl Rising.
So how can you help?
Sponsor a girl in the EFAC freshman class; we currently have 11 girls who need sponsors to finish high school.
In Kenya, where high school in not free, many families cannot afford to educate their daughters beyond eighth grade. To address this challenge, EFAC identifies impoverished girls who excel in primary school and provides mentoring and scholarships to attend top Kenyan secondary schools. These students are then paired with sponsors like you to fund their education and provide support and friendship.
To learn more about the 11 girls who need funding, visit our Class of 2017 webpage where you will meet Annah, Benta, Miriam and others. In her application for a scholarship, Miriam says, "When I grow up, I would like to be a civil engineer and help the needy." Together we can help Miriam and other girls like her realize their dreams.
An EFAC sponsorship is $800 a year for four years or for $100 a year per person, you can join 7 of your family and friends to form a group to sponsor a child through high school. To help you form a group, you can download a sample letter from our website to send to friends to ask them to join you in sponsorship.
As an EFAC sponsor, you will have the chance to get to know your sponsored student through the regular exchange of letters. Imagine the impact you would make on the life of a girl who would otherwise be forced into early marriage or become a victim of human trafficking.
To sign up for a sponsorship, visit our Donate webpage, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-436-3826.
Kelvin Continues To Shine
Kelvin has been busy during his Gap Period with both his community service project and his computer studies. For his community service outreach he chose to teach math and science at a nearby primary school for several hours each morning. He then attends his computer course later each day. "The teaching stuff is a whole lot more fun than I ever imagined. The pupils there are so cooperative and always ready to learn," Kelvin says. He tells EFAC he chose this government (public) school because they traditionally offer a lower quality education and so he felt he could make a difference for the students.
"Since joining the school I have acquired self-esteem and boldness to face people. Before I was very shy. The only challenge I face is waking up every day at 5 in the morning, but I am getting used to it."
Kelvin has just learned his KCSE score and we want to congratulate him on his great grade. We are very proud of you, Kelvin!
KCSE Results Are In and Our Students Did Very Well
We don't have 2012 overall results yet but in 2011, 412,000 graduating students took the KCSE exam. Only 120,000, or about 30%, scored C+ and above. This year, 96% of the EFAC students scored C+ or above. That is impressive!
In 2011, only 7% of the students scored B+ or above, qualifying them for a university scholarship. This year 42% of the EFAC students qualified.
While I know that some of our students are disappointed that they didn’t do better, I think the class of EFAC class of 2013 has distinguished itself as an outstanding group of young adults ready to move to the next level.
Congratulations to all.
“Educate Girls. Change the World.”
Please join us on March 20 for the Portsmouth, NH premiere of Girl Rising at The Music Hall.
Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from a life in the garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who writes songs that help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams.
The Music Hall's screening of Girl Rising will be followed by a panel discussing moderated by Cynthia Fenneman, President and CEO of American Public Television and will include: Tom Yellin, Executive Producer at 10x10; Karin Barndollar, EFAC Board Member; Hope Mbabazi, a student from Uganda who benefited from an education scholarship; and Bess Palmisciano, Founding Director of Rain for the Sahel & Sahara.
There will be a special pre-screening reception at The Music Hall Loft for holders of VIP tickets.
Tickets: $10.50/general admission; $75 for VIP reception at The Loft at 5 PM
Time: 7 PM- 9 PM
Location: The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
PURCHASE TICKETS: http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/girl_rising