Annicette Kessely wrote -
GIRLS EDUCATION IN BENIN, WEST AFRICA
BENEFITING: BATONGA FOUNDATION
$17,000 will impact 100 adolescents' girls to pay for their school fees, lunches, uniforms, books for the entire year. The amount of $170 will enable the Batonga Foundation to send a girl to school for entire year in Benin, West Africa.
According to the World Bank 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development, an estimated 31 million girls of primary school age and 32 million girls of lower secondary school age were not attending school. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest proportion of countries with gender parity. Increases in education of girls and women boost their wages, improve maternal health, reduce poverty, and improve the well-being and social economic development of the community.
Anastasie dreams of becoming a doctor. When her father passed away, she was unsure of how she could continue her education. Her love of education and dedication to completing her last two years of secondary school made her the perfect candidate to be a Batonga Foundation scholar. Her goal is to eradicate infant and child mortality in her village.
Asqual is an inspiring young woman who demonstrates leadership, entrepreneurship, and dedication to community service. In June, Asqual graduated from University in Civil Engineering with a 3.03 GPA, a dr seam she says she never would have accomplished without Batonga’s support. Most recently, Asqual passed her placement exam to become a University lecturer. Asqual is also dedicated to sharing her skills and experiences with others and giving back to the community by participating in many different university clubs, including Anti-HIV Movement and Mentorship and is a role model and mentor to hundreds of younger students at the Batonga Youth Center in Addis Ababa.