2020 has forced us all to re-evaluate our impact. We are committed to the same vision for Afro Girls, but we've updated our mission to reflect the work that we have done for 10+ years.
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Afro Girls inspires Black girls around the world to be leaders, innovators and changemakers through education initiatives.
Our Work in Africa:
52 million primary to secondary age girls are still out of school across Africa. Inclusivity is a major challenge across the continent despite progress in several countries. Societal gender norms discouraging girls from attending school, political agendas and religious ideologies are major factors causing their absence from school. Long distances, increased school fees, violence in schools, lack of menstrual hygiene support, food deprivation, early child marriage and early pregnancy are also some of the critical challenges keeping our girls out of school and ultimately contributing the cycle of poverty.
Afro Girls is committed to ending the cycle of poverty in Africa by empowering African girls through education. We inspire our girls to be responsible leaders, innovators and changemakers who use their influence to make a difference for their communities. We believe in the potential of all people, especially in our girls. Our efforts aim to help African girls of all ages realize their worth and boundless potential. We influence education reform, encourage literacy, promote creativity and social entrepreneurship, and build thriving communities. Our leadership programs explore building skills in topics such as leadership, service, teamwork, representation, literacy, financial literacy, social entrepreneurship, media, healthy living and hygiene, WASH and STEAM.
Our Work in America:
Despite the high achievements and major accomplishments of Black women around the world, Black girls in America still face significant barriers to quality education. Barriers like stereotypes, systemic racism and adultification, adversely impact the experiences that Black girls unfairly endure simply because of the color of their skin. Study's have also shown that adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than other girls of the same age, especially between 5–14 years old. Additionally, they are viewed as needing less nurturing, protection, support and comfort; being more independent despite their age; and knowing more about adult topics, including sex. All of which impact their education and well-being.
We're committed to positively impacting the narrative of Black girls in America through education initiatives. We focus on creating enriching programming, safe spaces for girls to speak up for themsleves, and positive representations in the media and everyday life. Through this, we explore building skills in topics such as leadership, service, teamwork, positive and realistic representation, literacy, financial literacy, social entrepreneurship, media, healthy living and hygiene, WASH and STEAM.
It takes a village to raise queens, so we partner with supporting organizations to ensure inclusive, relevant and effective learning outcomes for our girls. We are partnered with ByBlkWomen, a community for trailblazing Black women around the world who create positive influences for girls like us. Our current education partners positively impact the lives of girls in the United States, Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Nigeria and Liberia.
We envision a world where Black girls from all socio-economic backgrounds and cultures believe in themselves, have access to quality education and fiercely pursue opportunities that allow them to fulfill their limitless potential. Our work, though customized to cater to the girls in the regions that we serve, reflect our vision tried and true.