Hiari means "option" in kiswahili. At The Hiari Project, we offer young girls the option of access to education, instead of being forced into early marraige and FGM.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
When Hiari girls are faced with forced marriage and FGM, they often take it or run away.
When girls come to The Hiari Project for help, we reach out to their families and work with them to offer funding for school expenses if they allow her to get an education.
Most families are open to funded education for their girls, They see the value that would make her a better contributing member to her communty if she got an education.
All of these girls have found us through our network in Kenya and they are asking for this opportunity. We don't force the idea on anyone. We just offer it.
At the Hiari project, we currently have 40 girls enrolled and are hoping to enroll many more. By sponsoring an education for these girls, it allows each girl to gain an education and a chance to become an adult before they chose to marry and start a family.
At the Hiari project we believe in gender equality. Based on the fact that if you raise women out of supression and give her the tools to succeed, you will help not only her, but the whole community and the wellbeing of her future family.
HOW IS THE MONEY SPENT?
100% of donations go straight to project costs. Everyone at The Hiari Project are volunteers.
$35k per year educational program for girls includes:
Uniforms and Shoes
Basic medical needs
Transportation to and from school
Personal needs like:
-Sheets and blankets
- Sanitary napkins
- Toilet paper
- Washing buckets
- Soaps for body and laundry
- miscellaneous personal items
Future Project Goals:
$15k USD to fund safe housing during non school months and after school programs to keep the girls safe and learning when school is not in session.
$5K to fund marketing and fundraising materials to grow the program
Anything extra beyond these goals will be used to enroll more girls into the program.
100% of donations are tax deductable . The Hiari Project is a registered 501(c) 3 Charity.
For more information, go to www.thehiariproject.org