Our Impact

School Builds

Too many girls and women around the world still lack basic legal rights and protections as well as limited access to school. Worldwide, over sixty million girls are not in school and two thirds of illiterate adults are women. Yet, studies have shown that educated women positively impact their economy, overcome poverty, and have healthier families.

Education is a basic human right and the Circle of Sisterhood’s (CofS) mission is to remove barriers to education for girls. We have done so much good in so many ways by awarding grants to organizations tackling the global crisis in girls’ education all over the world. In addition, we also help to fund school builds.

In 2013, CofS began a school build program in earnest to compliment all the other ways we are providing access to education. We know that an adequate structure conducive to learning is critical to the success of any student. Accordingly, we began partnerships with organizations working on the ground in countries around the world.

CofS supporters are raising the funds necessary to build schools in communities and villages that are without adequate school structures. Children in the selected communities and villages were often crammed into unlit, unsanitary, and unsuitable learning environments. For too many children, school can be a dank and crumbling mud hut, a large tree when weather permits, or a structure in a neighboring village multiple miles away. In developing countries, 57 million children of primary school age have no classroom access at all. A sound structure is critical to a strong education and creates a safe environment where children are comfortable learning.

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GIRLS NEED US:

2/3 OF THE WORLD'S ILLITERATE ADULTS ARE WOMEN [1]
not even 7% OF THE WORLD HAS COLLEGE DEGREES [2]
32M FEWER GIRLS IN SCHOOLS THAN BOYS [3]
70% OF THE 125 MILLION CHILDREN WHO DON'T HAVE A SCHOOL TO ATTEND ARE GIRLS [4]

PICTURE A GIRL WITH EDUCATION:

90% WHEN WOMEN EARN AN INCOME, THEY REINVEST 90% OF THEIR INCOME IN THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. [5]
20% A GIRL WITH AN EXTRA YEAR OF EDUCATION CAN EARN 20% MORE AS AN ADULT. [6]
50% A LITERATE MOTHER HAS A 50% HIGHER CHANCE THAT HER CHILD WILL SURVIVE PAST THE AGE OF 5. [7]
x2 AN EDUCATED MOTHER IS MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO SEND HER CHILDREN TO SCHOOL. [8]

[1] Education for girls. (2013, March 30). Retrieved from http://www.educationforgirls.org/
[2] 2010 study by economists at Harvard and the Asian Development Bank
[3] Education First: An Initiative of the United Nations Secretary General, 2012.
[4] Education for girls. (2013, March 30). Retrieved from http://www.educationforgirls.org/
[5] Phil Borges. 2007. Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World. New York.
[6] The World Bank, 2011.
[7] UNESCO, 2011
[8] UNICEF, 2010.