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    Women and girls are key to a bright future for Africa, and education is critical to that potential. In the face of poverty and traditional cultural practices, most rural East African girls face the inevitability of a curtailed education. Though the enrollment rate of Kenyan and Tanzanian girls in primary school equals that of boys, they are far less likely to advance to secondary school.


    Girls’ Advancement (Wezesha Vijana) Program

    We developed the Wezesha Vijana program as a comprehensive curriculum delivered in a school-based “safe space” to support and empower girls to be successful in school and life. The mentors participating in the program pilot chose the name Wezesha Vijana, which is Swahili for “Empower Ourselves”. Wezesha Vijana uniquely targets girls through tailored workshops that educate, empower and elevate their attendance and retention in school. These intended impacts are organized into three areas of a solution; Health Assets, Financial Assets and Social Assets.

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    This video for Asante Africa Foundation highlights their work and the transformative power of education in East Africa. It was sponsored by the 2013 Getty Images Creative Grant Award, a $20,000 grant that funds a creative campaign for a nonprofit. Heward Jue and Elley Ho's proposal for this project was one of two winners from a pool of 85 applicants from over 20 different countries. Written, Directed, and Photographed by Heward Jue and Elley Ho. Edited by Bob Spector. Visual Effects by Spencer Seibert.