About One Girl Can
One Girl Can is a Vancouver-based charitable organization breaking the cycle of poverty and working to achieve gender equality through education and mentorship. The organization’s unique holistic model empowers a girl from the time she leaves primary school until the day she gains meaningful employment.
One Girl Can was founded in 2008 by Lotte Davis. Growing up in South Africa during the apartheid era, she became acutely aware of the legacy of mistreatment of black people.
Later when she moved to Canada, she noticed that discrimination was not restricted to skin colour. Women were also considered inferior and often deprived from achieving their potential simply because there were so few opportunities for them to earn an income.
She learned firsthand that when girls get an education, they then have the ability to build a career, become financially independent, be active decision-makers, and give back to their families and community.
The organization is built on a foundation of three pillars that interconnect organically to alleviate gender inequality: We Build. We Educate. We Mentor.
It all started with building and renovating girls’ schools in some of the most marginalized regions in Kenya, where overcrowded classrooms and deteriorating facilities were prevalent at every school. After building five schools in four years, Lotte realized that a safe learning environment was fundamental to supporting girls’ education, but it wouldn’t be enough to impact gender inequality.
Tuition for education beyond primary school is often unaffordable or a burden for most families living in extreme poverty. To alleviate the stress, in 2013, we developed a scholarship program for the brightest, most determined girls in need of support in our partner schools. It started with 14 high school and two university scholarships, and today, over 550 high school and 330 university students have benefitted from One Girl Can scholarships.
Girls need role models, mentors, and specific guidance to build their confidence, learn about goal setting, career development, and leadership if they were ever going to truly become independent and equal. In 2014, One Girl Can designed a series of 90-minute formal workshops for each grade in high school, plus a leadership conference in Nairobi for every year in university. Over 9,400 girls are inspired and coached in these workshops each year.
Our work with the girls doesn’t end with providing access to education. We are there to support her with coaching and training until she gains a meaningful career.
And it doesn’t end with us–after graduation, girls in our program become mentors. This creates a ripple effect throughout society, and ultimately moves us closer to ending poverty and gender inequality in the most marginalized regions.
What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a high school student
$50Help fund tuition for a high school girl
$250Fund six months of high school for a girl
$500Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board
$21Fund six months of high school for a girl
$42Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board
$84Fully sponsor two girls for one year, including tuition and board
What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a university student
$300Co-sponsor a university student
$500Buy a laptop for a first year university student
$1000Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year
$3500Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop
$25Co-sponsor a university student
$42Buy a laptop for a first year university student
$84Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year
$292Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop
What can my donation provide For a Build A School
$50Buy 35 cinderblocks to help build one wall of a classroom at Ushirika School.
$100Buy 4 bags of cement to help the building of Ushirika School.
$250Buy a door and framing for a classroom at Ushirika School.
$10Your monthly donation buys 44 cinderblocks to help build a wall at Ushirika School
$17Your monthly donation buys a window for a classroom for Ushirika School
$25Your monthly donation buys a desk and bench for 2 students at Ushirika School
What can my donation provide For a Ushirika COVID-19 Relief
$50Provides one girl with three lunches per week for two months.
$75Provides one girl with three lunches a week and sanitary napkins for three months.
$150Provides one girl with three lunches a week and sanitary napkins for six months.
$10Provide continued support for 12 high school girls in the Kibera slum.
$20Provide continued support for 24 high school girls in the Kibera slum.
$30Provide continued support for 36 high school girls in the Kibera slum.