TO EMPOWER A LITTLE GIRL IS TO EMPOWER THE WOMAN SHE WILL BECOME.
-DIANE VON FURSTENBURG
WHY WE GIVE
With every jacket purchased, we donate a school uniform to a girl in need in Africa – opening the door to her education, increasing her self esteem, and creating the opportunity for a brighter future. We are honored to partner with schools in Africa that educate, empower, and transform the lives of the girls they serve.
WHY SCHOOL UNIFORMS
In sub-Saharan Africa, 24 million girls can’t afford to go to school. Although school is often free, each year millions of girls are denied the opportunity to attend school because they can't afford a school uniform.
When you educate a girl in Africa, the whole world changes. Educating girls is the single most effective means for overcoming world poverty according to the United Nations, the World Bank and UNICEF. With an education, a girl in Africa will be three times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS, earn up to 25% more, and have a smaller, healthier family in the future.
HOW IT WORKS
Daraja Academy is a boarding secondary, school for Kenyan girls with top academic scores and exceptional leadership skills but no means to continue their education. The academy's unique educational model focuses on 4 main components: female empowerment, cross-cultural education, social and environment responsibility and personal/career development. This school is located in rural Kenya, an area where girls are consistently dismissed and forgotten. With the Daraja scholarships however, Daraja girls are given the tools and resources to be critical thinkers, progressive leaders and architects of their futures.
Tailored for Education provides school uniforms to children in impoverished areas where one of the requirements for enrollment is having the proper attire. The uniform cost coupled with the tuition is too much for the families, preventing children from attending school. Often, a child begins primary, school but for financial reasons has to stop and go to work before secondary school. An erratic stop-and-go attendance is thus created; clearly, not a proper or effective education. By providing uniforms, they lessen the financial burden families face and allow children an opportunity to attend school.
At their site in Njabini, Kenya, Flying Kites runs a primary school for orphaned and critically-poor students. They work in partnership with the Ministry of Education to offer the national Kenyan curriculum while supplementing it with international curricula to ensure that students have access to a wide-range of material, learning skills and techniques, a health program and all of the tools they will need to compete on a global stage. Flying Kites focuses on keeping class sizes small, providing breakfast and lunch to all students, and incorporating holistic wellness programs.