As we continue to focus on MDG3 this week, Exildah tells her story in the video above. Her
story, like Kakenya’s (See Blog Below), supports findings that the education of women is by far one of the most effective tools to lift a community out of poverty.
Statistics have shown that when you educate a girl she will earn up to 25% more,
reinvestment in her community will increase, she is less likely to contract HIV, and she will
have a smaller, healthier family.
Education improves the life of Exhildah and her family, and also ensures the long term
sustainability of an otherwise struggling community. Access to education for Exildah, means
access to healthcare for her community.
So, in receiving an education, Exildah is not only provided with the chance to fulfil her own
aspirations of becoming a doctor, but is also simultaneously provided the opportunity to
improve the life of everyone in her community.
Camfed (Campaign for Female Education) the organisation who made Exildah’s education possible, is working hard to get more female children into school, so that we can move closer to achieving MDG3.
Camfed were profiled in Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s inspiring book Half the Sky,
which is due to be released in the UK in August. It is a wonderful campaigning tool and
provides a unique insight into the transformative effects of women’s empowerment.
Check back here in a few weeks when GPP will be offering our friends and supporters an
exclusive chance to win a free copy of Half the Sky, as soon as it’s released in the UK.