Written by Drew Schmenner
Dear STS Supporters,
Girls are too often pushed aside or overlooked in the developing world. It’s a distressing truth I learned firsthand as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country of Niger more than a decade ago. That experience stoked my interest in girls’ education, so I’m particularly excited that we are raising money for the girls’ education components of our Whole Child Model in Guinea as part of our annual campaign.
Posted by Lauren McAskill
School-to-School International’s 2015 Matching Campaign focuses on empowering girls through education. From now until October 15th, your donation to this cause will be doubled. Many of STS’s own staff members have witnessed the power of investing in girls. Today I am sharing a personal experience that speaks to the effectiveness and sustainability of initiatives that empower girls. During my time in the Peace Corps in West Africa, I helped start my village’s first female soccer team. The picture on the left was taken in 2011 after the team’s first big win, and the picture on the right is the team in four years later, in 2015.
Since 2002, School-to-School International has impacted the lives of thousands of students in Guinea through our Whole Child Model, an integrated set of activities centered on the three sectors of education, health, and engagement.
Empowering girls is a key focus of the model. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we gave 30 scholarships to girls last year. We also raised awareness about the benefits of girls’ education by conducting community workshops and ran after-school programs for at-risk children, with a special emphasis on girls.
This marks the second week of our fundraising effort devoted to our girls’ education activities. We have the special chance to double the impact we make in the lives of girls, thanks to an awesome contributor who has offered to match all donations during this campaign.
School-to-School International (STS) is excited to announce its 2015 Matching Campaign! From now until October 15, we can double the impact STS makes in the lives of young girls in primary school in Guinea.
Based in the Bay Area, STS has implemented its unique Whole Child Model in the West African country of Guinea since 2002. Our holistic approach ensures students have all they need in order to thrive in school through focusing on three areas of need — education, health, and engagement.