Travel with the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights to Cambodia and participate in the March 2018 “Pedals and Packs” distribution.
$2,800 Cost includes lodging (double occupancy) in Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap, all meals, tours, tickets, English-speaking guides, international flights from Boise, and in-country transportation. For more information, email email@example.com
Africa – Mozambique
Each One, Teach One: Dreams do come true. Certainly that was the case when Wassmuth Center donors had the opportunity to trace Mandela’s journey in South Africa and explore a vision for the restoration of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique in 2017. We hope that will also be the case for a team of young ladies living in the border villages surrounding the park.
Mozambique is like other sub-Saharan African countries in that education commonly takes a backseat to tradition, societal normality, and financial burden. Although Mozambique’s overall literacy is 47% (male, 60%; female, 28%), young girls face the most adversity when pursuing a complete education. More than half of the 94% of girls who enroll in primary school drop out by fifth grade. Of those that complete primary school, two-thirds leave the system without basic reading, writing, or math skills.
In Mozambique, 14% of girls will be married by 15 and 48% will be married by 18. These marriages produce a traditional dowry and relieve financial tension for many Mozambican families today.
Empowerment through education leads to changes in knowledge, attitudes, and practices. Any girl who completes 10 years of education is six times less likely to be pushed into an early marriage before she turns 18. Education as a vessel for change can improve social standing, transform individuals’ lives, empower girls to understand and claim their rights, and equip girls to choose and create their own futures rather than those imposed on them. Educating girls has a positive impact on communities as evidenced with lower maternal mortality, improved child health, lower birth rates, job opportunities for women, and an overall economic boost in the village.
Each One, Teach One is Wassmuth Center donor-supported program that pairs a village girl with a sponsor who commits to paying the annual secondary school fees through high school graduation, typically five years. The annual fee is $480 per student.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorships can be paid annually or in a recurring $40 monthly donation. To begin your sponsorship, click Each One, Teach One.