Convoy of Hope celebrates International Day of the Girl by celebrating our Empowered Girls program. Here in rural Tanzania many girls face ridicule in their communities if they stay in school — that they won’t be able to get a husband, or that they are wasting their childbearing years by being in school. In other countries, girls risk their lives simply by going to school.
These girls can’t take their turn to lead on their own. They need to be shown that they have rights, that their bodies belong to themselves, and that they can rise above their societies’ expectations. Empowered Girls brings seminars to schools to teach girls these things, and reinforces these lessons with confidence-building activities, including essay contests, fashion shows, recording their songs, and honoring successful girls.
We have 790 active members in seven schools, and we have seen both reductions in student pregnancies and improving attitude and performance of girl students at our partner schools.