GIRLS! Project

A Schools Without Borders Program

About Us

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. 

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 GIRLS! Project supports the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 4, 5, and 10. 

  • Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages 
  • Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
  • Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
  • Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries