“Investing in girls’ education is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty.  Investments in secondary school education yields especially high dividends.”  United Nations Population Fund

For personal updates from Sadie, visit the Project GLOW Facebook Page  

Project GLOW (Granting Learning Opportunities for Women)

Project GLOW was created to help high school education become available for village girls in Sierra Leone.

In Sierra Leone, schooling is free for girls through middle school, but if they want to continue their education at secondary school, they must find a way to raise school fees.  At this level, the enrollment of girls in school decreases dramatically.  Ratios widen from an even split of boys to girls throughout primary school and middle school, to roughly three girls for every ten boys in secondary school (high school).

SLVP is pleased to sponsor Project GLOW. Project GLOW (Granting Learning Opportunities for Women) is a fundraising effort, initiated by high school senior Sadie Pelini, to raise scholarships for senior secondary school girls (grades 10 -12) in the Village of Gbendembu.

Sadie was a student at South High in Minneapolis with an interest in Africa and a passion for journalism when she started Project GLOW. She and board member Mary Jane Lavin visited Sierra Leone in the Spring of 2013 where they met the girls eligible to receive a scholarship.

Sadie and Mary Jane also met with school officials and community leaders and helped establish a scholarship committee to oversee the awarding of scholarships for the next 4 years.

The cost of school fees, uniforms, and books to send a village girl in Sierra Leone to high school for one year is only $70 USD. Project GLOW exceeded their goal of $7,000 USD and raised enough money for 120 scholarships. The scholarship committee decided to award scholarships on academic performance and commitment and they will range from 1 to 4 years.  We intend to stay in close contact with the recipients and the facilitators over this next year.  Assuming the project is successful, we will make any needed improvements and continue it as long as we possibly can.  We would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible and we will continue to add updates here as they come in from Gbendembu.

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