Growth Through Learning, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Education, International

Location: 6 Bigelow St Cambridge MA 02139 USA

Mission: Growth Through Learning provides scholarships to qualified girls and young women in East Africa to enable them to receive post-primary education in their own country. In addition, the organization encourages a cross-cultural exchange of information and ideas between countries.
Target demographics: educate deserving, bright girls
Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 girls
Geographic areas served: East Africa
Programs: Currently, we are sponsoring 300 girls. We pay for tuition for theses girls to complete high education in Kenya, where we have 10schools, 3 schools in Tanzania and 4 schools in Uganda.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

GTL has a few defining strengths. One is that we are narrowly targeted to supporting secondary school girls in East Africa, by paying their full fees for four or more years at an African boarding school provided they maintain their academic performance. Parents of girls will fund schooling for their sons before paying for their daughters' education, because culturally, a son will return to his family after marriage and bring with him his bride and his (paid for) education to enhance the family. A daughter's education is seen as a lost investment by her parents, since she'll follow her husband to his family's home after marriage. Uneducated daughters are routinely sold into marriage for a couple of cows in rural East Africa.

Beyond this narrow targeting of young East African women, we enjoy a targeted endowment which pays the greatest part of our overhead costs of running GTL. Most of the rest of our overhead is covered by donations from board members allowing nearly all (over 90%) of your donation to be sent to our nearly 300 young women in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. We are proud and successful.

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Growth Through Learning is a tremendous organization to work with. After travelling to Africa in 2002 on a safari I just could not leave without wanting to assist those in need. GTL has afforded me with that opportunity. Low overhead assures me that the bulk of the money I donate yearly goes to scholarships. I know that I have helped change the lives of many young women in E. Africa which is extraordinarily satisfying.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of the girls sponsored. Their stories are inspirational

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication of the staff,coordinators and volunteers and the joy I feel when receiving a thank you note from one of the girl's sponsored talking about how her life has changed for the better and how hopeful they are for the future.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate countless more young women.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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