Our programs are focused on supporting community development in the villages with long term objectives. Community Empowerment is at the centre of the project as it not only focuses on the children who attend the school but the parents, children and families in the surrounding villages with focus on women empowerment.
Garden of Smiles
To shrink education gaps in countries where they persist, barriers to access because of poverty, ethnicity, or geography must come down. For example, where distance is the key problem, more support in schools in remote areas can reduce the gender gap.
To broaden women’s access to economic opportunity, thereby reducing male-female disparity in earnings and economic productivity, a combination of policies is called for. Solutions include freeing up women’s time so they can work outside the home—for example, through subsidized school fees, improving women’s access to income generating projects, and ensuring access to productive resources.
To diminish gender differences in household and societal voice, activities planned influence of social norms and beliefs, women’s access to economic opportunities, and women’s education. Measures that increase women’s control over household resources, especially by strengthening their voice within the community, are important.
To limit gender inequality over time, reaching adolescents and young adults is key. Decisions made during this stage of life determine skills, health, economic opportunities, and aspirations in adulthood. To ensure that gender gaps do not persist over time, policies must emphasize building human and social capital; easing the transition from school to work; and shifting aspirations.
Community Development Projects, aimed at improving resources within the community. Community development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Community well being (economic, social, environmental and cultural) often evolves from this type of collective action being taken at a grassroots level. Community development ranges from small initiatives within a small group to large initiatives that involve the broader community.
Our ultimate aim is for our input to eventually be providing minimal support and for the communities we work with to be self-sustained and empowered.