BENEFITING: ANGLICAN RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENTFUND
ORGANIZER: ANGLICAN RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENTFUND
This is Why We Are Running:
Young women and girls in South Sudan and numerous other countries will never go to school, learn to read or write, or have the opportunity to improve their lives because there are no schools or safe housing for them. The problem is pretty easy for local churches to address with the right resources--that’s where we come in!
A Few Facts:
- 57 million children of primary school age–the majority of whom are girls–will not enroll in primary school this year.
- And that’s only a fraction of the 123 million youth who cannot read or write–61% of whom are female.
- One example: in South Sudan, 70% of children ages 6-17 have never been in a classroom. Only 16% of women are literate. Only 27% of the overall population can read and write.
- Consequences of not going to school and illiteracy include higher incidence of infant mortality, reduced life expectancy, and ongoing poverty.
Two Sweet Quotes:
- Kofi Annan famously said, "…there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women."
- The World Bank reports that educated women are statistically “healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn more income…and provide better healthcare and education to their children, all of which eventually improve the well-being of all individuals and lift households out of poverty.”
A Personal Story:
Finally, a recent report from an ARDF project that mentioned a girl named Revestida who was given the opportunity to continue her studies thanks to a special hostel for low-income families run by the Diocese of Tabora, Tanzania (and supported by ARDF).
She told ARDF, “The Anglican Diocese of Tabora Girls’ Hostel is a good place to stay…During my time as a resident there, we used to have prayers every evening...The matron shared several Scripture readings and requested us to share and pray together as a family. I am who I am today because of the time and upbringing that I received while at the hostel.”
In rural Tanzania, the number of girls enrolled in college is far smaller than the number of boys. This is due in great part to a lack of safe housing for female students who must leave their rural villages—and the protection of their parents—to go to school.
Sadly, those young women who do leave their villages face an increased risk of sexual violence, and even if they remain personally unharmed, living in unsafe conditions can inhibit their studies.
In response to this crisis, Anglican leaders in Tabora came up with a simple solution: with ARDF funding, they built a safe, clean hostel where young women can live and attend local colleges under the care of a loving matron who also teaches them about Jesus. At night, a full-time security guard makes sure that the young women remain safe, so they can focus on studying math, science, and languages—not avoiding harm.
Encouraged by their success, the Diocese plans to add a training center for young, unmarried mothers because, in Tanzania, girls who become pregnant outside of marriage are rarely allowed to continue their education.
Thanks to your partnership and support, many other young women like Revestida will no longer have to wait for quality education.
Please consider continuing to support the Anglican Relief and Development Fund as we partner with local churches around the world to share the Gospel and transform lives by providing education for young women.
Pretty cool stuff! We're pumped to get to reflect the Gospel in this way.
ARDF website: www.anglicanaid.net