Educating girls is one of the fastest and most effective ways of promoting global economic development, and the key to ultimately ending poverty and injustice towards women.
Today, this is one of the highest return investments in the developing world, and a key strategy in the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Helps a girl to respect herself and to be respected by others.
- Empowers girls to challenge traditionally held gender roles.
- Drastically reduces child marriage and number of children per family.
- Increases quality of health for the mother and her children.
- Fosters critical thinking skills essential for effective leadership.
- Increases the economic prosperity of the family.
ABOUT ONE GIRL CAN
One Girl Can is a registered charity based in Vancouver, Canada and provides educational opportunities to impoverished girls living in highly marginalized areas of sub-Saharan Africa.
We focus on building and rehabilitating schools for girls in rural Kenya and Uganda, and are committed to long-term partnerships that ensure the school’s infrastructure will continue to support their growth and maintain a dynamic learning environment.
We fund secondary school, vocational and university scholarships for girls living in marginalized regions of sub-Saharan Africa, where education is the key to escaping poverty.
We empower our students to achieve their potential through ongoing mentorship, coaching and support from the first point of contact in secondary school through post-secondary school and beyond.
BE A SPONSOR
Exceeded our goal of 110 scholarships
By giving One Girl the opportunity for an education you create a ripple effect that begins a reversal in the trend of poverty. Improving the lives of girls in underdeveloped countries has the potential to improve economic conditions on a worldwide scale.
Sponsor a single girl throughout the tenure of her program, we will provide you with: her story in her own handwriting and an annual update with new photos when we visit her each year in Africa
100% of your donation will go directly to the scholarship you choose.
All of the administrative, marketing, travel and website costs are absorbed by the founder.
SPONSOR A SECONDARY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
“The people in my community say that education is only for boys, but we are there to tell that we can also make it.”
Secondary schools are not free in Africa. For peasant farmers in rural regions, the cost of tuition and boarding, plus uniforms and supplies, is simply unaffordable. Whatever finances are available are usually leveraged against their boys first. Girls who do attend school are frequently sent home due to unpaid fees and cannot achieve the results they’re capable of. It’s no wonder that Sub-Saharan Africa has the distinction of having the highest dropout rate of girls in secondary school in the world.
I would like to donate to a secondary school scholarship to help a girl change her destiny.
The cost of a full year secondary scholarship is $500.
SPONSOR A UNIVERSITY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
“The way they look at me at home in my village is very different from the way they used to look at me. And sometimes they even come up to me and ask me for advice – it makes me a little bit proud.”
While a secondary school education has proven to significantly improve socio-economic conditions in underdeveloped countries, women are widely unrepresented in the professional sphere due to lack of access to higher education. With more young women joining the professional workforce and having a voice in senior level positions, the gender imbalance in positions of influence will slowly start to shift.
I would like to donate to a university scholarship and help more women in Africa become leaders with professional designations.
The cost of a full year university scholarship is $3500.
A good education starts with a dynamic learning environment that includes libraries, science labs, and classrooms that optimize the student-teacher ratio. It also means a safe dormitory, a bed to sleep in and proper washroom facilities.
GANZE GIRLS SECONDARY SCHOOL – PLANNED
RENOVATING EXISTING AND BUILDING NEW DORMITORIES AND WASHROOM FACILITIES.
- renovating 3 dormitories
- renovating 2 washroom facilities
- building a 4th dormitory
- building a 3rd washroom facility
WHY: With 500 girls enrolled and only enough bed space for 372, this school needed a big investment. Existing dormitories and washrooms were unfinished and deteriorating, there were no showers or sinks and only 4 outdoor latrines to service all these girls.
WHAT: This renovation and construction will provide 42 shower stalls, 16 indoor toilets, 22 sinks, mirrors and another 124 bed spaces. The existing dormitories will be upgraded with floors, window and doors.
REFURBISH TWO UNFINISHED CLASSROOMS INTO FULLY-FUNCTIONING SCIENCE LABS.
- 2 science labs – chemistry/physics and botany
- lab furniture complete with fresh water taps and gas
- lab equipment and chemical reagents
WHY: African girls will face steep competition for jobs as the economy continues to become global. Without critical scientific skills, women will continue to be underrepresented in leadership and decision-making positions at all levels.
WHAT: This school of 500 girls in rural Kenya has no science labs or equipment. Two derelict classrooms will be fully refurbished into chemistry/physics class and a botany lab.
One Girl Can has been working in Northern Uganda since 2014 to rehabilitate schools that had been unused and were deteriorating during the 20-year reign of warlord Joseph Kony and his rebel army.
ATANGA GIRL’S SECONDARY SCHOOL – completed
- 6 teacher’s houses with indoor plumbing and solar electricity
- 8 latrines and 4 showers for the teacher’s residence area
- rehabilitated 3 classrooms in to fully functioning science labs including lab equipment
- a full washroom facility contained in a new courtyard across from the dormitories that includes 8 showers, 8 flushing toilets, sinks and mirrors
- a new graded road into the school
PATONGO PRIMARY SCHOOL – completed
- a library, large assembly/dining hall, latrines, perimeter fencing
- 8 fully furnished classrooms that reduced the student ratio per class from 100 to 60.
- 2 dormitories with beds and mattresses for 216 girls
- a large washroom facility with flushing toilets, showers and sinks in a secure walled courtyard between the two dorms
WHO WE ARE
Founder and CEO
Lotte Davis has a passion for giving girls from marginalized communities in Africa the opportunity to earn an equal voice. Originally a native of Africa herself, she has been building schools and providing educational opportunities in Kenya and Uganda since 2006. As a successful entrepreneur with her own business in Canada, she coaches and mentors each new class of girls in the schools we work in to encourage them to think that anything is possible.
IN THE BOARDROOM
Michele Matthews, CHRP, CEC – Chair
VP Organizational Development
Director of Planning
Director of Public Relations
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Kacey Krenn LLB
Harris & Company
VP Artist Management
Macklam Feldman Management
Katarin Cronk CMA
Director of Finance
Angela T. Huck MBA, CIM
Connor, Clark & Lunn