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International Day of The Girl

Convoy of Hope is celebrating International Day of the Girl, a day that acknowledges the challenges girls face and defends their rights.

Supporting girls is central to Convoy of Hope’s work to end poverty and hunger. We believe in strengthening young women like Oriana in Burkina Faso. Someday, she and millions of girls will change their communities, countries, and our world for the better. 

Oriana’s sweet, shy smile lights up when she talks about her classes. “I like science best. I find it easy. But I like to study anything. Being in school makes me so happy.”

Oriana knows she is fortunate to attend school. Her parents, like many other adults in Burkina Faso, are farmers. Their livelihoods are dependent on the fickle West African weather. During the rainy season, storms can wash away seeds and knock down crops. In the dry season, a hot wind blows from the Sahara. Food security is tenuous, and families often worry about where their next meal will come from.

Thanks to Convoy of Hope and our partners in Burkina Faso, Oriana doesn’t have to worry about whether or not she will eat during difficult times. Rain or shine, she knows she’ll receive a meal at school.

Thank you for being part of Oriana’s solution. Because of partners like you, we’re helping vulnerable children like her become everything they were born to be.

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International Day of the Girl Child: Engage, Equip, Empower

In December 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.

The U.N. saw the need to recognize young girls’ rights and challenges globally – encouraging communities around the world to commit to realizing their potential. Eradication of poverty and involving girls in decisions that affect them are vital aspects of breaking the cycle of violence and discrimination, and ensuring the rights of all young women.

Convoy of Hope believes in the empowerment of young girls, and is proud to be committed to the mission of empowering women and eradicating childhood poverty.

Convoy of Hope currently feeds nearly 150,000 children in 10 countries. Through the Children’s Feeding Initiative, they have access to clean water and nutritious meals, giving them energy to engage at school.

Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program is active in six countries. The program exists to empower women to make strategic, independent life choices through training, savings groups and non-traditional micro-enterprise development.

“To break the cycle of malnutrition and poverty, we have to reach younger girls,” says Andrea Frey Metzger, program director for Latin America. “If we don’t, they become a part of the same cycle that wronged them.”

We are breaking that cycle through our Empowered Girls Initiative, which brings educational programs to schools and communities. Topics covered in these sessions include self-esteem, gender-based violence and harmful cultural beliefs and practices.

Convoy partners with girls from a young age because we believe these girls will one day grow up to become contributing members of their societies and leaders of their communities.

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