Why Girls?

In the context of Sierra Leone, a country that has seen the impact of war and its impact on the most vulnerable being women and girls, the presence of the work of GESL is very critical. Sierra Leone is still recovering from the effects of war and in its post-conflict state, the country remains one of the world’s poorest. Young girls tend to be the most impacted by the frustrations, societal demands, and deficiencies that a country and a people in poverty experience. The latest UNICEF statistics show females falling significantly behind males in literacy rates (52.1% to 70.5%). In addition, child marriage is extremely prevalent (17.7% married by 15 and 43.7% by 18 years, and worrying statistics for FGM, domestic abuse, little knowledge of HIV or sexual health issues are prevalent among the younger population. Access to knowledge and support seems to be the biggest deprivation young girls are experiencing in Sierra Leone. Therefore, a program such as GESL is critical to the education of girls in the country.
 
Our program has proven positive statistical results of having a positive impact on girls remaining in school, adapting positive behaviors, gaining positive peer networks, and educating families to nurture the education of young girls. Furthermore, our program ensures that there are no barriers facing girls to continue with their education in the event of any crisis. We provide emergency grant assistance for their educational needs upon any emergency. In 2014 when the Ebola outbreak was rampant in Sierra Leone, GESL was forced to close temporarily to adhere to the health and safety regulations by the Sierra Leonean government. Though a very hard time for our girls, we still maintained contact with them and provided distance learning programs in the meantime.  To date, we have impacted over 400+ girls in the last 8 years with through our programs.
 
5 Reasons Girls Love GESL's Programming

MENTORSHIP

Our girls say Mentorship by female mentors in our program helps them remain in school! 

LEADERSHIP

Our girls say our Leadership programs have helped them become more self confident, aware of themselves and assume leadership roles.

TECHNOLOGY

Our girls gain  Technology skills  needed to help them grow ,  this is a resource most girls in secondary schools in Sierra Leone do not have access to.

ACTIVISM

Our girls become change agents and activists and are better equipped to identify problems and develop solutions  those problems both on the community and national levels.

SISTERHOOD & FEMINIST RELATIONSHIPS

Our girls have fun in our program and build lasting sisterhood and feminist relationships with their peers who they would have never met, and spread this sisterhood  to other girls who are not in our program

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GESL nurtures and enhances the leadership skills of  young girls to become effective advocates and social change agents in their communities.  

 

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GESL is a not for profit community-based organization. The members of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board and any Employees as well as Partners of GESL shall avoid political affiliations and conflicts of interest which may suggest the appearance of impropriety on the part of the organization.