Thank you so much for your donations to Ibba Girls Boarding School.
Your gifts have helped to build a functioning and flourishing school, where 120 girls can safely learn and grow.
When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.
- First Lady Michelle Obama
Esther, pictured above, is one of the very few girls in South Sudan with the chance to complete secondary education. In her country, only 1 in every 3 girls can access primary education, and even so that one girl is likely to drop out when she is around 10 years old. The reasons are many: a long dangerous daily walk to school; malaria or other tropical illnesses; traditions about menstruation; pressures to help the family with collecting water and firewood, and with looking after younger children. By the age of 15 she may well be married and pregnant herself.
By senior 4, the final grade of secondary education in South Sudan, there are only 2,000 young women left in school nationwide.
Yet, in a country devastated by war, it is education - to a high standard, in a safe environment - that will unite, heal and elevate a nation. As Esther learns, with other girl students from across Maridi state and the whole of the former Western Equatoria State, her community benefits. The UNDP reports that "women's empowerment helps raise economic productivity and reduce infant mortality. It contributes to improved health and nutrition. It increases the chances of education for the next generation."
Will you join us?
As Esther seeks to continue learning up to Senior 4 to get her School Certificate, and IGBS aims to open its doors to another 240 girl students, they need you to stand with them. If you agree that education is not a lucky privilege, but a right; if you want to see girls' lives changed by education; and if you want to help build peace in this fragile nation, then please:
WATCH Bridget and the school in our film, below