In developing countries, girls must overcome far more obstacles than boys in order to access education. Bringing about an end to this situation is as much about equality as it is about development.
This is why we have launched two programmes aimed specifically at girls and young women, in India and Afghanistan.
Our project in Afghanistan
In 2008, we launched a programme to help Afghan girls get access to education in the Panjshir Province. In this poor and rural area, La Chaîne de l’Espoir is renovating, building and equipping schools.
Four establishments have already been renovated and one has been built – with 1,100 pupils accommodated. With these buildings, we have fulfilled their basic needs:
- School bags, shoes and uniforms have been distributed
- Hygiene kits are handed out every year, and basic instructions given.
Our project in India
We have opened a preschool and primary school in a poor district on the outskirts of Jaipur. They accommodate 135 young girls, who are particularly vulnerable because they come from lower castes.
Free, quality education is provided by the half-day. The girls also benefit from ongoing support to help with homework and monitor their progress.
Material support and access to healthcare is also available, as is a school meal.