Educate girls, and communities change.
On an annual basis, 75% of Help Lesotho’s beneficiaries are girls and women. Why? For two main reasons:
- Girls and women are the most vulnerable population. They are most likely to be suffering and unable to access the support and resources they need; and
- Indirect impact: the information and strategies implored in girls and women through Help Lesotho programs is more likely to improve the lives of entire families, peer groups, and communities.
Global issues affecting girls and women:
- Lack of access to education
- Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS
- Traditional roles and responsibilities
- Lack of involvement in key decision making
- Early pregnancy
- Early and forced marriage
- Maternal mortality and infant mortality
- Under paid for work
- Poor enforcement and knowledge of human rights
- Extreme poverty
Why educate girls?
It is important to educate girls and women for several reasons. Girls who are educated are more likely to:
- Delay marriage and pregnancy
- Have healthier children and send their children to school
- Earn a higher income and contribute to the economy
- Prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS
- Improve the living standards of their families and communities