Saturday, October 11th is the International Day of the Girl. The purpose of the day is to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”.
The official UN website states: “The fulfilment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves. While there has been significant progress in improving girls’ access to education over the last two decades, many girls, particularly the most marginalized, continue to be deprived of this basic right. Girls in many countries are still unable to attend school and complete their education due to safety-related, financial, institutional and cultural barriers.”
The Eternal Threads vision began helping women have income to provide for more nutritious food, access to healthcare and education for their children. In my experience working with women living in extreme poverty, one of their highest priorities is having income to educate their children…especially their daughters. Most of them never had the opportunity to go to school and they know it is vital to their children’s future.
When our first project in south India was providing enough profit for us to return those benefits to the communities in which we were working, we knew the most important thing we could do would be to provide education for girls. The photo below is of the first group of girls that were given school scholarships.
Since that time girl’s education and welfare has been a central part of the Eternal Threads mission whether it is directly through scholarships, building a school in Afghanistan, or through the livelihood incomes provided to their mothers which enables them to provide education and safety for their daughters.
Rosemary, our partner in Uganda, uses most of her income from the sale of her baskets to pay the school fees and buy school uniforms for her four younger siblings. She is putting off her own education until she can give them the start in life they need. If we can’t sell enough of her baskets to cover the fees, Eternal Threads provides a portion of those school fees.