It starts with one village, then another, and then another; building sustainable communities with empowered women and girls, clean water, efficient health clinics, and thriving fruit and vegetable markets. Each village can in turn nurture healthy, independent and confident children — children who will someday go on to have healthy, independent and confident children of their own, who will ultimately lift their communities into prosperity.
Project 1 - Rwanda
While Rwanda has made significant progress since the 1994 genocide, unemployment and education remain key challenges. Rural poverty in Rwanda stands at 67%.
Women and youth face acute unemployment and limited livelihood opportunities due to low levels of education. An inability to afford the cost of school materials and uniforms cause many families to withdraw their children from school. Other children, particularly the older ones, are withdrawn from school to work, tend to household chores and raise the youngest children. The children that do go to school typically attend on an empty stomach, which makes it difficult for them to concentrate on their lessons or participate in activities, severely affecting their performance and ability to learn.
The lack of educational opportunities and the inability to meet economic needs are significant barriers to eliminating the poverty that denies children the very things we take for granted – clean water, adequate food, healthcare, and a bright future.
Prject Activities - Education
- Construction of 2 schools and 3 additional classrooms in 8 schools
- Training of 240 teachers and 240 community leaders
- Establish 10 children's parilments, 30 PTAs and 30 Girls Clubs to promote literacy, girls' education and child-rights and gender equality
- Provision of textbooks, teaching manuals and desks
- Construction of 36 school latrine blocks to improve hygiene and health for students
Project Activities - Economic Development
- Market research to determine the best types of livelihood enterprises
- Providing vocational and microfinance training to 300 additional youth, men and women
- Formation and support of 8 community-based cooperatives providing increased wages/profits for members
This project is in partnership with the Canadian International Developments Agency (CIDA). North Shore Realty's contributions to this project will be matched 3:1, increasing value and impact.
More than 19,805 children, youth, women, and men will directly benefit from these projects. A further 176,088 family members will indirectly benefit, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 195,893.
Project 2 - Tanzania
According to the Tanzania National Gender survey, about 60% of women in Tanzania live in absolute poverty and lack the necessary food, clothing, and shelter for themselves and their families. Struggling to provide for their families, they are especially vulnerable to economic shocks and disaster.
Improving economic household security is an utter priority for those living on the margins of survival, but access to credit, savings and loan services – particularly for women – is extremely limited, restricting people from engaging in meaningful economic activities and savings to fight their economic vulnerability. Further, youth who are unable to continue their formal education through secondary school and beyond, lack vocational and entrepreneurial skills and ultimately join the ranks of the unemployed – continuing the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
- Address economic security in Tanzania, specifically in the Dar Es Salaam, Kisarawe, Kibaha, and Ifakara Programme Units, by working with adult women and youth (ages 15 -24) to acquire the vocational skills they need to secure livelihood opportunities so they can support their families.
- Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups and Input Marketing Associations (IMAs) will be formed and trained so women can access small loans and savings facilities to start businesses and manage household cash flow. Kits, containing items like a cash box and passbooks, will be provided to each group. To sustain and expand this effective model, representatives from groups who show exemplary results will be enlisted as trainers for new groups in other communities.
This project is in partnership with the Canadian International Developments Agency (CIDA). Our contributions to this project will be matched 3:1, stretching the value and impact of your philanthropic investment.
This project will benefit a total of 79,200 people. Direct beneficiaries include 11,000 women and youth, who will be provided with the vocational skills and financial services needed to improve their economic situation. A further 68,200 people will also benefit as entire families are lifted out of poverty and led on a path to self-sufficiency.
Because I’m A Girl (Projects 1 & 2)
Girls in the poorest regions of the world are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet. They face unique barriers to survival and development. But girls also have the power to change the world. It’s proven that investing in girls is key to eliminating global poverty.
By focusing on education and economic security, this project will have a particular impact on girls and women.
- Educated girls grow up healthier, marry later and raise fewer, healthier, and more educated children.
- Women who succeed economically are more likely to spend earnings on medical care and education for their children; they also have a greater sense of self-worth, have increased confidence, and believe in their right to make decisions about their own lives.
Most importantly, girls and women who are educated and earn a living help raise the status of all girls and women and go on to improve the lives of those around them and become agents for change, leading their communities and nations on a path out of poverty.
"One out of every six people in the world lives on less than one dollar per day and 75% of those people are women. Women produce 50% of the world's food, yet own only 1 percent of its land." — CARE