“My name is Wendy Areli Ventura Vasquez I live in San Antonio, Marcala, LaPaz. My father, my mother, my brothers and my grandmother live in my house. My father grows in the fields and my mother in the kitchen. I am 13 years old and I dedicate myself to study, I like to learn mathematics in school and when I grow up, I want to be a teacher.”

Wendy Areli Ventura Vasquez, 12

The term “Girl Power” is  something we have all heard.. From slogans to songs, t-shirts to chants, you see and hear it everywhere. It’s even in the Oxford Dictionary!

“Girl Power- Power exercised by girls; a self-reliant attitude among girls and young women manifested in ambition, assertiveness, and individualism”

The term celebrates the individualism, strength and capacity that all girls have.

But the truth is, not every girl has the chance to exercise this power that lies within them.

  • Worldwide, 129 million girls are out of school.
  • The digital divide is expanding. The gender gap for internet users hovers at 43% for developing countries.
  • In cutting edge fields such as artificial intelligence, only one in five professionals (22%) is a woman.

This is why on October 11th, we recognize The International Day of The Girl. To remind us that it is our responsibility to empower girls everywhere.  To remind us that not every girl has the opportunity to be all that they can be

Empowering girls and promoting gender equality starts with education. When we invest in girls’ education, we invest in the future. Future entrepreneurs and engineers. We invest in educated and confident political leaders, mothers, scientists and innovators.

There are many barriers that girls face in accessing education.

 
  • Costs- poverty is an important factor in whether a girl will go to school. Uniforms, fees, books, transportation. They all add up. 
  • Gender Bias- Long held misconseptions mean families often focus on the education of male children over females.  Considered future breadwinners for families, sons will most often complete their schooling.
  • Menstruation-  A lack of running water in a school. A lack of separate bathrooms. The lack of resources to secure period products. These factors can and do lead to girls leaving school when they begin to menstruate
  • Household chores. In families where child care isn’t affordable or attainable. Girls may miss, or altogether leave school to help with younger siblings. When both parents work, household chores may fall to girls in the family.

“My name is Ruth Nohemi Dominguez Sanchez I live in San Antonio, Marcala, La Paz. My family consists of five, my two parents and my two brothers. I am 15 years old; I am dedicated to being at home and at school I like to learn physics. When I grow up, I want to be a dentist.”

Ruth Nohemi Dominguez Sanchez, 15

At Food For the Poor Canada

Girls Rights are Human Rights. And the right to education is a human right.

We have many initiatives that make education more accessible for girls. Across the Caribbean and Latin America from pre-school, to high school.

Here are some of the programs our donors are helping to run.  They focus on making education more accessible and more equitable.

Build Schools

We build and renovate schools in communities identified by local leaders. We make it easier for girls to go to school without travelling great distances. Click the picture to learn more about this great intiative!

Give Books

Books inspire and nourish children's creativity and development. By providing books for a classroom, Food For the Poor and our donors spark the imagination of young minds. If you have a passion for literacy - help us by click the picture!

Build Villages

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In San Antonio Honduras, a community is thriving and growing. Local women are also gaining knowledge to improve their income. Girls have access to higher levels of education. Click the picture to learn more!

Tablets

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Providing a child with a tablet facilitates digital literacy and distance learning. We aim to reduce the gap in gender digital literacy. If you’d like to help reduce this gap, click the pic!

School Fees

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Many parents can’t afford the fees, books and daily lunches for their child to attend school. We are currently running a campaign to send children to kindergarten in Jamaica. Click the picture to learn more!

Menstrual Kits

Help A Girl Out
We provide young girls with feminine hygiene supplies. Items that are either expensive, hard to find or both. The kits contain reusable absorbent pads, washcloths, soap, underwear and more. This ensures they don’t miss out on school due to menstruating. Click here the picture support this project and learn more.

“By giving young girls an opportunity to go to school, they can feel confident and empowered in making their own choices about their future. Empowered girls are the key to breaking the cycle of poverty within their families. By having a chance at a quality education, they can pursue their dreams. They can become strong leaders, and break gender norms. Through the generosity of our donors, we are educating the leaders of tomorrow one girl at a time.”

Andrea Slipek

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