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When a girl gets an education, she's much more likely to get her vaccines, avoid HIV contraction, have access to jobs, earn a higher income, and escape child marriage. When she gets an education, she's able to dream. She's able to think of tomorrow instead of always living just for today. However, many parents in Mozambique don't have the resources to pay for uniforms, school books, or transportation expenses, so their children are unable to get an education, especially their girls.

As Kurandza, we're a small grassroots non-profit that's passionate about empowering women and girls to become leaders in their communities. We do this through working closely with the members of the communities we serve, and our two programmatic focuses are small business development for women and education for girls.

 
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When girls are educated...

  •   ...they are less likely to marry early, have unplanned pregnancies, and contract HIV.
  •   ...they are more likely to earn a higher income compared to individuals who did not go to school.
  •   ...they are more likely to be financially secure and economically empowered.
  •   ...they are more likely to change the world around them for the better.
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Bringing education to 200 girls in Mozambique

Last year during our first #IStandForGirls Campaign, our community rallied together to raise enough funds to provide school sponsorships to over 100 girls in Mozambique! This year, our goal is to double that: school sponsorships for 200 girls!

Join the #IStandForGirls campaign and give girls the ability to dream! When you give $20/month, you provide a girl with everything she needs to thrive at school, including school fees, a uniform, a backpack, school supplies, books, transportation, and enrollment into our holistic education program where she will learn about health, self-esteem, creativity, and leadership.

 
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"When I grow up, I want to be a nurse." - Gilda, 6-years-old
"My favorite classes are art and math because for the first time in my life, I have a ruler set and compass so I can participate fully in all the activities." - Esmenia, 13-years-old
 
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The #IStandForGirls Movement utilizes the power of social media and communities to spread awareness about the importance of girls education while raising funds to provide girls in Mozambique with access to a life-changing education. This September, influencers, bloggers, business owners, and purpose-driven women (and men) are joining this cause to bring education to girls in Mozambique.

You, too, can become a part of this movement!

 

WHAT OUR SPONSORS ARE SAYING

 
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Elisabetta met Percina in Guijá, a rural district in Southern Mozambique, in 2011 while she was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. These two became quick friends and worked on several community projects together including starting a sewing cooperative with several HIV-positive women who Elisabetta had met while working at the hospital. Their goal was to teach these women a skill that would allow them to earn enough income to pay for the monthly transportation costs to reach the hospital every month so that they could stay on treatment. But it became so much more than that; not only did the women stay on treatment, but they also improved their homes, sent their children to school, and began participating in community savings clubs.

After Elisabetta returned to the United States, she knew that her work in Mozambique wasn't done. She developed strong ties with her village and decided to create Kurandza alongside Percina, to continue supporting the community through education, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development programs. Something that sets Kurandza apart from other non-profit organizations is that it's lead by someone who lived in the village for three years, speaks the local language and knows the local community members, and by someone who is from the very village where Kurandza now works. Our focus is grassroots, and because of our local leadership, we're able to create programs that the community needs and that have a lasting impact.


 
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