Schools Without Borders' signature program, the GIRLS! Project, empowers girls exposed to childhood trauma through early grade reading initiatives.
Sierra Leone remains among the world’s poorest countries, ranking 180th out of 187 countries. The GIRLS! Project prepares girls with the early grade reading skills and psychosocial support necessary to change their life trajectory.
The GIRLS! Project aims to increase early grade reading and close the 30 million word gap for girls in Sierra Leone, West Africa by providing new books to increase early grade reading profiency and knowledge of Dolch Sight Words. This approach is based on our founder's use of books to change her life trajectory after her personal childhood traumatic experiences.
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.