SHE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The SHE Scholarship Fund was started informally in 2011 through the charitable efforts of the founder trustees of the EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative. Friends, acquaintances and desperate young people from deprived communities where the organization carry’s its shoes and sanitary pads distribution programs will from time to time approach us for assistance to support them to continue their education and set out to assist those people in the best possible way that we can. The support was unstructured and based purely on the desperate cases presented by them. The frequent and increased appeal motivated us to start the SHE Scholarship Fund as a project of the EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative in 2013.
Although Ghana have free compulsory basic education, secondary education is not freely available to everyone and in most challenge homes and communities girls are the first to be excluded from it. Girls are the first to drop out of school, and the first to be failed by the system, facing the perils of early marriage, early pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.
Thousands of brilliant girls in Ghana who successfully completed Junior High School could not pursue their senior high school education due to poverty. Poverty is the greatest barrier to accessing an education. Overcoming this barrier by investing in girls is a proven way to improve the health and wealth of a whole nation. With access to education girls can do amazing things: launch businesses, become health workers, run schools, and lead governments.
The SHE Scholarship Fund provides scholarship, mentoring and psychosocial support to brilliant but needy girls from families that are financially challenged by diverse circumstances who have passed their junior high school exams but are still out of school due to lack of funds to pursue their senior high school education. The fund provides scholarship to these needy girls who would ordinarily not be able to pursue their high school education without a scholarship. Without the SHE scholarships their future remains bleak and are likely to remain trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty. By financing their senior high school education, providing psychosocial support and mentoring each girl through this impressionable age, we break the cycle of poverty
Theory of Change
In Ghana girls usually lose in the competition for scarce family resources, school fees are more than the total annual income of poor rural families. By offering full scholarships to girls who would ordinarily not be able to pursue their senior high school education without a financial aid, we break the cycle of intergenerational poverty allowing girls to lead better, fairer and more productive lives. If more girls are educated, then their health, income levels and overall livelihoods improve, bringing about social transformation.