3rd July 2013
The Batonga Foundation was recently named one of the Top-Rated Women’s Empowerment Nonprofits by the Great Non-Profits website. Receiving this honorable award will greatly increase our visibility, and we hope that it will remind our existing supporters of the powerful work that Batonga is doing!
Check out Batonga on the Women’s Empowerment Award Page!
2nd June 2013
Exciting progress is being made at one of Batonga’s newest programs in Ethiopia! Working in partnership with Mercy Corps, our main objective is to help girls complete secondary school and to empower women and girls through increased participation in economic activities. Over the past six months, we are happy to report that:
140 girls are receiving scholarships to continue their education;
82 girls are receiving vocational training and support to increase their employment opportunities;
58 women have completed vocational training programs;
57 women have completed business training and have received loans;
150 women are engaged in local programs that teach about savings and loans.
These numbers will continue to rise as The Batonga Foundation and Mercy Corps work together to support these girls and offer them great educational opportunities!
20th March 2013
Did you know that 7 in 10 girls in Ethiopia do not attend secondary school?
This deprives them of the many benefits of education: later marriage, healthier children, higher wages, stronger communities, and more prosperous countries. In Ethiopia’s public education system, families must pay for school fees, books, uniforms and supplies – costs that are prohibitive for the poorest families.
Batonga is helping girls in one of Ethiopia’s most remote regions explore a future full of new possibilities by providing them with scholarships and academic support to complete secondary school!
Batonga covers mentoring and school fees for 140 girls at Gidole and Konso high schools, which each draw students from long distances. Although many girls are still expected to help at home before and after classes, they no longer have to work additional jobs to pay for school.
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