The benefits of providing African girls with an education are clear. Educated girls help break the cycle of poverty. Girls who go to school are more likely to enter the work force, earn higher incomes, delay marriage, plan their families, and seek an education for their own children.
When girls in developing African nations receive an education and earn income, they put 90 percent of their earnings into their families, compared only to 40 percent for men. When a girl in the developing world goes to school for seven or more years, she marries four years later than she otherwise would and has two or more fewer children. The children she does have are more likely to be healthy and survive past the age of five.
Aid for Africa is committed to improving education in Africa for girls. To do so, the Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund provides educational scholarships and stipends to girls. The focus of the fund is on immediate, concrete, educational support. The vehicle for this support is Aid for Africa member organizations that are trusted and supported within the African communities they serve and know what it takes to help girls go to school and stay in school.