An education for life
When a girl drops out of school, poverty is often the root cause. Elizabeth's family had no food and slept on the floor in their thatched hut with the rain coming through the roof. Without the skills or knowledge to earn a living, most girls have few options or opportunities. Marriage, early motherhood and a continuing life of poverty may be the only path ahead – unless, with your help, they can return to education.
VSO offers girls aged 10-19, who were forced to drop out of primary school, the chance to attend VSO catch-up education centres. They learn essential skills, including reading, writing and Elizabeth's favourite subject - maths. As many of the girls are mothers already, we ease their burden and help them focus by ensuring they've childcare for their babies during class. They also receive essential hygiene (including soap, sanitiser and santiary towels) and education kits (including bag, books and pens) to help them attend.