Mother Helpage in support of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) works to provide good quality education to children and orphans, as well as vocational training in the most impoverished and politically unstable regions of the world. We aim to help every child and individual achieve their dreams through financial investment in the region, the development of educational infrastructures, monetary assistance to children and their families, the provision of school uniforms and stationery, regular medical check-ups and much more.
At Mother Helpage, we believe that education is a human right and is central to achieving economic independence and sustainability at both individual and national level. Today, around 59 million children in developing countries do not have access to good or even basic education. As a result many young people are lacking the foundational skills for work and life.
Children and youth in developing countries face many challenges with regards to their education: they may live in very remote, isolated areas without local schools; they may be under pressure to work to support their family; the cost attached to school fees, uniforms and supplies may be too great for the poorest families. Girls, children from minority ethnic groups, children with disabilities, and children living in conflict areas are disproportionately affected.
A quality basic education gives the most impoverished and vulnerable children and youth the knowledge and skills they need to face daily life challenges, reach economic stability and continue their life-long learning journey whatever opportunity may present itself or they might want to initiate. The benefits of education do not stop there. With education, people achieve higher wages, their health also improves because they are better prepared to prevent disease and to use health services effectively. Giving girls access to an education, particularly, yields significant benefits for the community and society. Educated girls have better jobs, marry later, have fewer and healthier children. They make healthier life choices for themselves (e.g. decrease risk of falling into prostitution or contracting HIV). Every girl’s education contributes to building healthy individuals, families and communities, e.g., she is more likely to seek prenatal care, assisted childbirth, and postnatal care, reducing the risk of maternal and child mortality and illness; she is 50% more likely to immunize her children.
Education supports the growth of civil society and political stability, allowing people to learn about their rights and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to exercise them. Overall, education is a key driver for reducing poverty, fostering economic growth, achieving gender equality, and social development. Mother Helpage, through its international partnerships and programmes, invests in educational infrastructures where it is most needed. We work to make schools responsive to girls’ water, sanitation and hygiene needs, and set up necessary provisions (dignity kits, toilet cubicles, water pump, clean and safe drinking water). We raise awareness to counter cultural practices that keep girls out of schools. Mother Helpage supports youth and adults, particularly young women, in acquiring the knowledge, skills and competencies they need for employment through vocational training.
We work to reach the children and young individuals who are the most marginalised and vulnerable and those who live in countries characterised by extreme poverty or conflict. Please support our work and donate generously so that every child experiences hope, opportunity and agency.