WHY?

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.

"Education for girls is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality, and lays the foundation for sustained economic growth."

AN EDUCATION…

  • 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.

"We believe in the ability of girls to become leaders –
in their households, their communities and their countries."

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 Build

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 Educate

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 Mentor

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.

"African women reinvest on average 90% of their income back into their families compared with 30-40% for men."

CURRENT PROJECTS

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.

KENYA
GANZE GIRLS SECONDARY SCHOOL – PLANNED

PROJECT #1

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.

BUDGET: $250,000

PROJECT #2

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.

BUDGET: $185,000

COMPLETED PROJECTS

UGANDA

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.

PROJECT #3

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

PROJECT #4

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

Lotte Davis

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
AG Hair

Natalie Nakatsuru
Director of Planning
Bootlegger

Lynn Gervais
Director of Public Relations
Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Kacey Krenn LLB
Partner
Harris & Company

Mary Levitan
VP Artist Management
Macklam Feldman Management

Katarin Cronk CMA 
Director of Finance
Sinclair Dental

Angela T. Huck MBA, CIM 
Vice President
Connor, Clark & Lunn