13th November 2013
Why Sierra Leone?
• 66% of women have no education (ICF).
• Only 6% of women enroll in any type of tertiary education (UNESCO).
• Only 52.1% of female youth can read (UNESCO).
Investment in Secondary Education:
In partnership with the Forum for Africa Women Educationalists (FAWE), Batonga is supporting secondary education for 60 girls in Waterloo, Sierra Leone. The girls are enrolled in various grade levels, and Batonga plans to continue supporting each girl until she graduates from grade 12. Each scholar is provided a set of school uniforms, a school bag, a pair of school shoes, 7 core text books (including business, grammar, math, and literature studies), a packet of 12 exercise books, a math set including pens, pencils and erasers, school fees, and mentoring activities.
Vocational Training and Emotional Support for Girls Affected by the War:
In Freetown, Batonga has also supported scholars at a Vocational Training School that rescued girls from brothels. These girls were forced into the sex trade by crushing poverty and a lack of opportunities for women. They were enrolled in two-year training programs in professions such as sewing, photography, carpentry, basket-weaving and pottery, tie dying, tailoring, and soap making. The girls were also provided with “employment kits” so that they would have the tools they needed to start their own businesses. 50 girls graduated from this program with the training and supplies they needed to get back on their feet and support themselves and their families.
Since 2007, we have supported:
60 girls with secondary school educational support and mentoring programs
50 girls with Vocational Training in various fields
Angelique watches as Girls Club members make soap.
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