It’s back to school season and I’ve been busy getting supplies and new clothes, filling out paperwork, and celebrating the first day of school in special ways. Most of the other moms in my area and in my online networks are doing the same thing. Not all families are so lucky.
Did you know that a staggering 130 million children around the world are not in school? 70% are girls. It’s been shown that a girl with just one extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult.
Opportunity International knows that education is a pathway out of poverty and has seen the accelerator effect it has on improving lives and strengthening communities. They have started the Invest in One Child – Back to School Campaign because education is not free in Sub-Saharan Africa. Schools have big costs and the families are forced to cover up to 30% of primary education expenses. Studies have shown that the number one reason that African families do not send their children to school is lack of financial resources.
Through the Invest in One Child campaign people can help send a child to school for $1 a day. A $240 donation is a representative amount families borrow from Opportunity International to pay for a year of school for one child. As an extra incentive, through the contributions of two generous donors, all donations to Invest in One Child will be matched dollar for dollar up to $35,000.
Education is a pathway out of poverty and Opportunity International believes in the power of investing in children since they are our future!
(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I am a member of the Global Team of 200 which is a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.)