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Funded Girls' Education Program

Pnom Penh, Cambodia

We fund long term scholarships for young girls who would otherwise not have access to an education. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

Renée F. from Room to Read
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In the developing world 52% of the girls are not enrolled in school!
The Girls' Education Program was created as a result to the fact that Room to Read staff realized that only very few girls were attending classes in the schools. In almost all developing countries analphabetism is particularly high among girls. An education provides security and support to girls who often grow up in very uncertain environments and empowers them to make informed life decisions. A solid education beginning in the early years is the key ingredient for improved status for women, which provides a ripple of positive effects throughout society. 

Our program officers are always local staff and work closely with the scholarship recipients. They give them the support needed and work actively to help remove the roadblocks that the girls may encounter, meeting regularly with the girls, their families, and the school administrators. 

Room to Read makes a long-term commitment to each girl on scholarship: as long as she attends classes and receives passing grades, we will continue to fund her education through the completion of secondary school. Currently, the majority of our students range in age from five to ten years. 

The scholarship covers monthly school fees, school uniforms, books, stationary, backpacks, transportation and other costs, if needed.

It has been said that, “If you educate a boy, you educate just a boy. If you educate a girl, you educate an entire family.”

This project is supported by the Maecenata Foundation, Munich/Berlin.