The GIRLS! Project empowers girls at risk of School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) through education initiatives. SRGBV is a global phenomenon that impacts millions of children worldwide, especially girls.
Sierra Leone remains among the world’s poorest countries, ranking 180th out of 187 countries; in addition to low literacy level and early marriages which increases the risk of gender-based violence. School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is a human rights violation and a barrier to education for girls.
The GIRLS! Project aims to close the 30 million word gap in girls from underserved and low income communities in Sierra Leone, West Africa by providing new books to increase early grade reading profiency and knowledge of Dolch Sight Words.
To date 231,497 books have been distributed through the GIRLS! Project. 4812 girls have benefited from mentoring and psychosocial support inclusive of Ebola survivors and Mud slide survivors.
The GIRLS! Project prepares girls with the early grade reading skills and psychosocial support necessary to change their life trajectory.