Why Girls

Educating girls is one of the fastest and most effective ways of promoting global economic development and is the key to ending poverty and injustice towards women. When girls are given equal access to quality education and are supported to reach their potential, they can literally change the world. When girls are educated and empowered they marry later and are less likely to experience spousal violence, they have fewer children, they are healthier and more likely to seek quality healthcare for themselves and their children, and they invest a higher percentage of their income in their communities.

Poverty can only be alleviated and gender parity achieved when when women join the workforce, begin to earn their own living, and assume positions of leadership in the community, in business, in technology, in healthcare, and in politics.

When you invest in a girl’s education, you are investing in the world.

How We Work

We are a registered charity based in Vancouver, Canada and have been working directly and collaboratively with selected schools and communities in Kenya and Uganda since 2008. Our hands-on approach and frequent visits to Africa have helped us accelerate our activities and develop a holistic business model that supports a girl from the time she leaves primary school, until the day she gains meaningful employment. Along the way, we invest in the school she attends to build the infrastructure that will ensure her capacity for learning and her safety is optimized.

Meet The Founder

Originally born in Africa, Lotte Davis has a passion for giving girls in Africa the opportunity to achieve their potential and their dreams. As a successful entrepreneur with her own business in Canada, she enjoys mentoring and coaching the girls in her schools to build their confidence and encourage them to believe that anything is possible. Lotte’s for-profit business AG Hair, which she co-founded with her husband John Davis has as one of it’s key brand pillars We Give Back. Through AG Hair’s Every Bottle Counts program, a portion of every bottle sold gives back to the schools Lotte builds in Africa. The brand also absorbs the marketing and administration fees for One Girl Can allowing the charity to send 100% of donations directly to the projects in Africa.

Our Board

The opportunities available to my own daughters is something I will never take for granted. Access to education should not be a privilege.

Michele Matthews, CHRP, CEC
Chair VP Organizational Development
AG Hair

In Africa, I saw the hopes and dreams of the girls we met were no different than my own or those I have for my kids.

Natalie Nakatsuru
Director of Planning Bootlegger

Im passionate about education because it is both an intrinsic right and a way to break the cycle of poverty in Africa.

Kacey Krenn LLB
Partner
Harris & Company

All children should be educated regardless of genre and wealth if we sincerely want to make the world a better place.

Katarin Cronk CMA
Director of Finance
Sinclair Dental

After volunteering in orphanages in Kenya I feel compelled to help change the lives of young African girls.

Lynn Gervais
Director of Public Relations
Fairmont Chateau Whistler

When I travelled to Africa for the first time, I felt overwhelmed by the need and desire to do something to help.

Mary Levitan
VP Artist Management
Macklam Feldman Management

I want to be a part of the change, by providing young girls in Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to live up to their highest potential.

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

Having spent time in Kenya, I'm humbled by the spirit and enthusiasm girls have for education.

Sarah Rushton
Growth & Partnerships Lead
SheEO Inc