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Shining Hope for Communities combats extreme poverty and gender inequity by linking girls’ education to a comprehensive set of health and social services for all in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. In August 2009, Shining Hope founded The Kibera School for Girls (KSG), the first entirely free primary school for girls in Kibera. This $5,000 grant is for general program support at KSG, a school that provides a superior education, two daily meals, uniforms, health care, and school supplies all free of charge to Kibera’s brightest and most disadvantaged girls. KSG serves 100 students in pre-K through 3rd grade and is expanding to follow our students through 8th grade.

The SOLD Project offers scholarships and resources to at-risk children in rural Thailand to keep them off the path to prostitution and give them hope for a better future. Our grant is providing three laptop computers for older girls entering vocational school.

She’s the First works to sponsor girls’ education in the developing world. This grant is sponsoring a comprehensive year of education for a student in India, who will then lead her peers’ participation in one workshop at the XX Summit, via Skype. She would be a She’s the First scholar in India. The sponsorship at the Shanti Bhavan school in India includes room, board, clothing, medical expenses, and all additional necessities at the boarding school.

The mission of the Sacred Valley Project is to provide indigenous girls from the rural highlands of Peru with education, skills and resources to become leaders in their communities. Sacred Valley Project provides access to secondary school as well as supplementary and remedial education. Our grant provided funding for a math tutor to assist with this priority area for students.

The mission of Daughters of Toleza Scholarship Fund (DTSF) is to empower one Malawian girl at a time with expanded life choices by supporting her secondary education. DTFS financially supports the secondary education of girls from rural southern Malawi through a U.S.-based team in partnership with a three-person team from Toleza Farm. They work to provide encouragement and moral support through mentoring, which helps with retention. DTSF ensures the girls have the best opportunity possible given their challenges living in a developing nation by providing them a quality education at a private boarding school where they can focus on their studies in a safe place and have regular healthy meals. Their hope is that the girls to return to their communities and pay forward the education they’ve received by improving the lives of their families and members of their communities. Our grant is funding one girl’s secondary education.