Girls’ education has always been a top priority for Dining for Women. We know that educating girls in the developing world is key to transforming lives, eradicating poverty and ensuring gender equity. When a girl is educated, she is more likely to earn a viable living, delay marriage, have fewer and healthier children, and improve the quality of life for herself, her family, and her community.
In addition to funding girls’ education through our featured and sustained grants, Dining for Women has partnered with the Peace Corps to increase educational opportunities for girls around the world. This partnership includes the following grants:
2017 – $70,000 grant to the Peace Corps Partnership Program
2016 – $100,000 grant to the Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn Fund
Both of these grants fund grassroots, community-led projects in the countries where Peace Corps Volunteers serve. One hundred percent of DFW’s donated dollars goes directly to the projects and to helping women and girls on the ground. The communities must contribute a minimum of 25 percent of the project costs in either in-kind or cash support, which ensures that they have a vested interest in the projects.
There are four anchor activities eligible for DFW funding, all of which help girls by removing social and structural barriers that prevent access to education and improving the overall quality of education. These activities are:
Dining for Women’s $100,000 grant to the Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn Program in 2016 funded 39 grassroots, community-led projects in 23 different countries. These projects impacted over 2,416 direct participants, most of whom were girls over the age of 24, and indirectly benefited 63,984 individuals. Read more about this 2016 grant in the following reports:
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