In its 10th year, the House of Blue Hope charity, which has been giving vulnerable young boys a caring environment and a comprehensive education with much success, is now looking forward to expanding its reach, taking in vulnerable young girls who find themselves in situations where they cannot receive the education and care they deserve. The charity’s ambitions to break the vicious poverty cycle by enabling vulnerable young girls, as well as boys, is pertinent.
A new urgency within the international community to eliminate the hurdles faced by young girls in receiving, completing, and utilizing a full education has been emphasized by not just the moral imperative to prevent their exploitation, but also the far reaching social and economic benefits that are passed on down the generations. The information below is taken from UNFPA State of World Population 2016 Report:
- Girls are less likely than boys to complete schooling and more likely to face forced marriage, child labor, female genital mutilation and other undermining practices.
- Girls are less likely than boys to complete formal schooling at the secondary and university levels.
- Girls are more likely to be in poorer physical and mental health, and will find it harder to get paid jobs.
- Every day, an estimated 47,700 girls are married before 18.
- Ten per cent of 5-to-14 year-old girls do more than 28 hours of household chores per week, twice that of boys. Three in four girl labourers are unpaid.
- Each year of education delivers an additional 11.7% uplift in wages in later life for girls (compared with 9.6% for men). Yet, 16 million girls between 6 and 11 will never start school, twice the number of boys.
- If all the 10-year-old girls who drop out of school or do not attend school in developing countries completed secondary education, they would trigger a $21 billion annual dividend.
In the same report the UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin states:
“Impeding a girl’s safe, healthy path through adolescence to a productive and autonomous adulthood is a violation of her rights”, “But it also takes a toll on her community and nation. Whenever a girl’s potential goes unrealized, we all lose.”
The House of Blue Hope charity’s work in helping vulnerable girls escape more than just the poverty trap, but frequently gender based violence (GBV), and child marriage, is vital for empowering young girls who would otherwise have little hope of finishing their education. The charity aims to protect the rights of these girls to pursue their ambitions, instead of being married off to older men once they reach puberty, or disproportionately carry the burden of unskilled, unpaid domestic work, or bearing children when they themselves are barely out of adolescence.
In order for the charity to fulfill its 10th anniversary ambitions of helping vulnerable girls strive for success and break the inter-generational poverty trap, we need your help. Any donation you can afford will enable us to, not only help the vulnerable girls we take in, but their children, and their children’s children. Even a small investment in the girls of today, can reap rewards for decades to come. Help us support 10 boys and 10 girls so they can live their lives free from violence and poverty, and full of ambition and hope.