Sine-Saloum region; Local partner: FEMME Plus; Programs: scholarship, tutoring, mentoring, health prevention, adult literacy, community awareness
Tharaka region; Local partner: Tharaka Women’s Welfare Project (TWWP); Programs: scholarship, tutoring, mentoring, after-school, adult literacy, alternative rite of passage
WGEP was founded in 2003 by returned Peace Corps volunteer Amy Maglio after serving in rural Senegal and seeing firsthand the many barriers there that kept girls from going to school. WGEP works to address the complex barriers—economic, cultural and social—keeping girls out of school and uses a multi-tiered approach that includes scholarship support, family involvement and community awareness to help more girls go to and succeed in school.
WGEP now works in 65 villages in rural Senegal and Kenya. By partnering with local, community-based partners, WGEP ensures that our programs are tailored to, led by and owned by the communities we serve.