WHY DO WE NEED A DORMITORY?
TO KEEP OUR GIRLS SAFE AND EDUCATED
PLEASE HELP US FINISH IT!
Girls education has made headlines in the past couple of years. It has been hard to avoid learning about the big challenges for girls in many parts of the developing world to getting an education, and the huge benefits that result if they can be overcome.
Here are a couple of facts that we want to share with you.
KASIISI PROJECT GIRLS DO AS WELL, AS AND IN SOME SCHOOLS BETTER, THAN BOYS.
Dr. Catrina Mackenzie of McGill University who studied academic performance in schools around Kibale National Park found that:
“Kasiisi primary school, the primary focus of the Kasiisi Project, had the best primary leaving exam result of the 34 schools where exam data was collected.”
“Girls generally performed more poorly than boys on the exam. This was less pronounced in Kasiisi Project supported schools.”
And concluded that :
“The ‘girl-friendly’ focus of the Kasiisi Project is effective to support female education, and should be expanded to other schools and districts.”
43 % OF RURAL UGANDAN GIRLS SAID THAT THEY WERE “VERY UNWILLING” OR COERCED INTO THEIR FIRST SEXUAL EXPERIENCE.
UNWANTED PREGNANCY RATES ARE HIGHEST IN WOMEN WHO HAVE INTERCOURSE AGAINST THEIR WILL.
How are these facts connected?
The road to school is full of risks for girls and parents keep them home rather than expose them to men who pressure them into sex or demand sexual favors in return for lifts. And pregnant girls drop out and the cycle of poverty continues.
So educating girls means not only getting them to come to school but also keeping them there past puberty, safe, supervised and able to focus on their studies.
Girls at Kasiisi Primary School and their parents cited fear of getting raped or being coerced into having sex as reasons why they wanted boarding facilities and we listened.
Construction of dormitories at Kasiisi Primary School are underway. Thanks to the hard work and generous donations of the Conway family and their friends, the girls wing is close to completion. When open it will safeguard our girls, keeping them in school after puberty, provide academic support and, saved from long walks and chores, give them lots of time for work and play.
We are so close. The matrons room is almost done, the windows and doors are in, the showers are completed, we have water tanks and kitchen . All we need to see the first girls boarding at Kasiisi is to finish the corridors, plaster the rooms and order the bunks.
WE CAN PROVIDE BOARDING FACILITIES FOR FIFTY GIRLS FOR $12,000
This is the time of year when we think of what we are thankful for in our lives and how we can share some of our good fortune with others. It is also the time to make those final charitable donations for 2013. Keep a little extra cash away from the tax man and at the same time make a big contribution to girl’s education in Uganda. We can even help you avoid paying Capital Gains Tax by accepting stock donations.
PLEASE CONSIDER OUR GIRLS.
ANY DONATION, HOWEVER SMALL, WILL GET US CLOSER TO SAFEGUARDING THEIR FUTURES.
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