Changing girls' lives around the world.
Because I am a Girl supports projects that create a better life for girls, women, and their communities in the developing world. These development projects provide clean water, food security, healthcare, education, and access to microfinance training and assistance. Check out our current projects and then see how you can get involved.
In parts of Egypt, girls are pulled out of school at a young age. Early marriage and gender-based violence are the main barriers to completing a primary education. Leadership skills, academic opportunities, and awareness will give girls the opportunity to pursue an education and abandon early marriage. Read more
Secondary Education: BRIDGE. Burkina Faso
In Burkina Faso, secondary schools are scarce, and a majority of children live between six to 12 miles from the nearest school. In addition, security and protection for girls is a main concern, with many getting married after primary school. There is not enough infrastructure to support efforts of a continued education. Read more
Girls who drop out of school are easy targets for sex traffickers in India, with the cities of Andhra Pradesh and Bihar being two of the most dangerous places for a girl to be alone on the streets. To protect these girls, we are building two residential centers to give them a safe home, an education, and hope for the future. Read more
Early marriage and teen pregnancy continue to be major issues in poverty-stricken provinces of Vietnam. For the first time in their lives, these young mothers will be able to save and borrow money to create a better life for themselves and their children. Read more
Empowerment: Promoting Equal Rights for Girls. Sierra Leone
In rural areas of Sierra Leone, the greatest concerns girls face are sexual violence, early marriage, and teenage pregnancy. We will directly impact the lives of 5,000+ girls living in the Freetown Peninsula by creating support groups and community awareness as well as educating men and boys. Read more
The trafficking of girls in Nepal is a routine occurrence. Some girls are rescued, but most turn back to a life of exploitation because they have no other means or skills to support themselves. Through our residential rehabilitation centers, we are giving them the tools and assets they need to start a better life. Read more
Burdened with household chores and forced into early marriage, girls have little to no time left for school. A lack of girl-friendly schools and community support only compound the problem. To curb these barriers, we are working with parents and community leaders to create advocates for girls’ education. Read more
Health: Food Security and Nutrition Project. Indonesia
In the poorest provinces of Indonesia, child and infant mortality rates are extremely high. And the reason is that the majority of mothers simply do not know about the importance of prenatal care or proper nutrition. To educate them, we're creating gardening and cooking classes as well as support groups. Read more
Protection: Girls Promoting Violence Reduction. El Salvador
As families disintegrate under the stress of trying to survive in a country where there is little opportunity, violence against girls has become an accepted norm. Through the Because I am a Girl Initiative, we are empowering girls, educating boys, and enlisting help to end the cycle of violence. Read more