Vision: All girls will stay in school

Girls around the world, without pads use rags, mattress stuffing, banana leaves, feathers to manage their menstruation. Menstruation is perhaps one of the most regular individual female experiences, but in sub-Saharan Africa, the experience influences general society negatively due to the absence of products required by women and girls to cope with menstrual flow. Affordable and hygienic sanitary protection is not available to many women and girls in Africa, which has serious public health consequences. In sub-Saharan Africa, millions of girls, in particular, that reach the age of puberty are highly dis-empowered due to the lack of access to sanitary wear. Many of the girls from poor families cannot afford to buy sanitary pads. Hence, they resort to the use of unhygienic rags and cloths which puts them at the risk of infections. Alternatively, young girls are forced to skip school during the time they experience monthly periods to avoid both the cost of pads or use of cloths. In some tribes in Nigeria, and per cultural practices, girls are made to use and reuses cloths for fear of rituals and witchcraft if used pad is discarded poorly. AG’s vision for the personal Health club is to:

  •     Make sure every girl/woman has access to quality sustainable hygiene and health education by 2025
  •     Provide sustainable hygiene solutions and
  •     Educate girls on staying in school

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In Africa, almost every child will grow without a mentor. Research has shown that positive mentoring relationships have a very strong positive effect on young people in a variety of academic, personal and professional situations. AG connects young girls to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Unfortunately, almost every child in Africa, especially the girl child will grow up without this opportunity. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees:

  • Increase school graduation rates
  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
  • Better attitude about school
  • Higher aspirations
  • Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improve interpersonal skills

Education: According to a study by Big Brother Big Sister, students who receive mentorship guidance are less likely to skip school and classes. The mentoring effect (2015), states that young adults who face an opportunity gap are more likely to be enrolled in college that those who did not have a mentor.

Career: A 2015 study, Mentoring: At the crossroads of education, business and community estimate that the human potential lost as a result of the educational achievement gap is the economic equivalent of a permanent recession. The article also states that by preparing young people for college and careers, mentoring help develops the future workplace talent pipeline.

Girls in our program are matched with a selected mentor based on their needs. Become a mentor and help a girl realize these host of benefits.

Apply Here to become a mentor.

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