Butterfly Project Scholarships
Creating a Brighter Future for Young Women and their Communities
The Butterfly Project scholarship fund creates college education opportunities for young East African women committed to serving their rural communities through careers in education or nursing but lack financial resources to pursue their dreams.
Scholarship recipients are outstanding young women who commit to using their newly-gained skills in their communities while serving as a role model to other young girls.
Education plays a crucial role in poverty reduction especially for girls.
Key challenges for female education in Kenya:
- Domestic responsibilities cause girls to drop out of school at an earlier age than boys
- Social norms discourage female education
- The distance students have to travel to attend school creates safety concerns for girls making them vulnerable to rape
- Gender biases reinforce low expectations that are placed on girls
Girls limited access to education reinforces gender inequalities. As a result, women traditionally have limited involvement in national, community and family decisions, even in areas that may directly affect them.
Scholarship candidates are bright, motivated young women with a commitment to serve their community but who could never attend college due to their economic situation.
Benefits to female education
- Education increases economic productivity.
- Educated women marry later, have fewer children, and are more likely to use effective methods of contraception.
- The more educated the mother, the lower the risk of maternal mortality and the healthier the child. Child mortality falls by about eight percent for each additional year of parental schooling.
- Educational gender equality improves economic and social development.
To learn more about the Butterfly Project, or how you, your family, your workplace, place of worship, or social club can sponsor a promising young woman, contact us for more information. Meet some of the inspiring Butterfly Project scholarship recipients.
By donating to the Butterfly Project you will provide a young woman with a more secure and successful future who will have an ongoing impact on her community.
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