If you have been following us for sometime, you would have heard us mention many times that there are 63 million girls globally who are not in school. However, new and alarming figures have emerged from UNESCO that there are actually 130.9 million girls around the world have no access to education!!
Although there is a huge difference in the numbers, it doesn't mean that tens of millions more girls have stopped going to school but rather we now have better tools and access to those girls who are being denied an education.
When I think of those numbers its almost unfathomable to think that we could ever get all those girls in to school... but we can not become overwhelmed.. I have always concentrated on the one before me and we will continue to do this currently in Cambodia.. but our mission is to be the voice and the enabler for as many girls as we can possibly help - we have a real situation on our hands and we must continue to fight for each and every girl.
I have been spending the past week sifting through all the latest data of the current situation for girls - specifically adolescent girls both globally and in Cambodia. The figures are alarming.
There are numerous studies that have demonstrated that educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy to ensure the well-being and health of children and the long term success of developing economies.
Education empowers women to overcome discrimination. Girls and young women who are educated have greater awareness of their rights and greater confidence and freedom to make decisions that affect their lives, improve their health and boost their work prospects.
Although our numbers may be small our programs are working - when we compare our data with the national data for girls dropping out of education and completion rates at every grade we have 2.5 to 3 times success of keeping girls in school.
A figure I am very proud of today.
Our staff work incredibly hard. Supporting girls to stay in school is not just about giving them books, pens and a uniform - we have highly competent and determined social workers who work holistically with each girl and her world.. the school, family, friends, community, partners, Govt both local and national.
Our work and our success is not possible though without our incredible supporters - many of whom have been walking along our side since the beginning.
If you want to be a part of the movement of ensuring all girls - everywhere - have access to an education and a future filled with opportunities and choices then get in touch with me today. It's not just about financial donations, we need man power and volunteers as well, both here in Australia and in the field in Cambodia working alongside our team. Social Workers, Communications and Marketing, Social media, perhaps you are looking for a platform to write some gender based articles? Don't be shy - I am sure you have skills we can utilise..
You can also be a voice for all those millions of girls by sharing about our work.
We do of course need funds - you can sponsor an individual girl for just $1.10 per day or you can help us get new computers for the staff, some motorbikes so our staff have safe and reliable transportation to visit the girls and their families in the field, fund an outing or a life skills workshop or just contribute $5 a month towards our operations.
"Secondary education for girls can transform communities, countries and our world. It is an investment in economic growth, a healthier workforce, lasting peace and the future of our planet." Malala Fund 2018
A snapshot of some of the data:
PROTECTION & EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION, MENTORING & LIFE SKILLS
AusCam Freedom Project believes girls should be 'taught not trafficked'.
You can set a girl free by sponsoring her education here: