ActionAid let girls learn Christmas 2021 appeal

Let girls learn

Around the world, millions of girls are missing from classrooms today.

From Afghanistan, to Kenya, to Haiti, girls are being denied their right to go to school – whether it's because of violence, poverty, or because they're not valued as highly as boys.

That’s why we’re asking for your help to let girls learn.

Without an education, girls are more likely to be forced into marriage and fall pregnant while still children themselves. 

They are more likely to face violence in their lifetimes, and to stay trapped in a cycle of poverty.

But with an education, all of this can change. With an education, girls are able to transform their own futures and build a life free from poverty. 

So would you set up a monthly donation and help make an incredible investment in girls’ education?

How your donation could help a girl to go to school

Donation value

£3 per month

Over a year, you could provide a dignity kit for a girl, including menstrual products, so she doesn’t have to miss school

£7 per month

Over a year, you could provide a schoolbag, books and pencils for five girls

£10 per month

Over a year, you could pay for one month’s tuition for a girl at a catch-up centre

Or choose your own amount to give

per month

A gift for a girl like Happy

"I love going to school," says 13-year-old Happy, who attends an ActionAid-supported catch-up centre in Kenya, after dropping out of school at a young age. 

"My first day in school I didn’t know how to read Kiswahili, but when I went there, I learned how to read Kiswahili." 

Now, Happy looks forward to getting a job and earning enough money to build her parents a house.  

Happy’s mum, Nzingo, says she saw a change in Happy when she enrolled in the catch-up centre: "She is happy now; she can read and write, and I am thankful.  

"I expect Happy will get a job and support herself in the future." 

How ActionAid is helping to let girls learn

ActionAid runs a network of projects that support girls into schools, keep girls from dropping out of school, and help girls to catch up on learning they’ve missed

We provide simple but effective solutions to ensure girls stay in school, like supplying girls with menstrual products so they don’t miss class – or drop out of school altogether – when they have their period.  

And for those girls who’ve already missed out on their education, we run catch-up centres where girls can learn literacy and other life skills

In Kenya alone, 5,000 girls aged 10-19 are attending one of 150 catch-up centres, opening the door to education and skills that let them take control of their futures. 

Together, these solutions are supporting more and more girls to unlock their power, each and every day.

Please donate just £7 a month to help to let girls learn.

Donate today

About ActionAid

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.

Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.

We operate in rural and urban communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

We're committed to ending the cycle of violence in communities around the world, enabling women's economic empowerment, and supporting women's and girls' rights during humanitarian crises.

Donate to help let girls learn

13-year-old Happy, who dropped out of school but now attends an ActionAid-supported catch-up centre in Kenya. Esther Sweeney/ActionAid

Page updated 4 January 2022