WGEP’s mission is to empower young people, particularly women and girls, in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa to build better lives and foster more equitable communities. Since our founding in 2004, our girls’ education, literacy, and leadership programs have impacted over 18,000 women and girls in 172 of the most impoverished communities in Senegal and Kenya.
Partnering with dynamic local leaders in rural communities, WGEP employs a range of targeted interventions at key junctures in a girl’s development to ensure that the structural barriers preventing girls from attending and succeeding in school are dismantled.
Sisters to School
Sisters to School provides comprehensive scholarships for girls from primary school through university, health education workshops on reproductive health, personal hygiene, violence prevention, after-school clubs for boys and girls promoting gender equality, and regular parent support and community engagement meetings.
Our Sisters Lead cultivates and promotes the leadership skills of high school girls through workshops on public speaking, conflict resolution, and advocacy. This program provides resources for students to design their own community programs on the issues that matter most to them.
Our Sisters Read builds foundational reading skills and promotes a lifelong love of learning among rural primary school students through access to reading resources and digital literacy. Adult literacy classes and teacher trainings increase community ownership.
ARP keeps girls safe and prevents them from dropping out of school. Girls celebrate their transition into adolescence with a week of empowering workshops, singing, dancing, and education for families and communities members about the harmful effects of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C).