Ghana improving rights of learning
While ROC focuses primarily on social and political advocacy for migrant rights in the United States, we recognize that we are part of an increasingly globalized and connected world, and thus strive to use our power to extend our impact beyond borders. We believe that working at the root to prevent issues that can lead people to become refugees, such as poverty and lack of access to education, are crucial efforts to support.
Founded in 2014 by Kelsey Glancy and Jenna Brignola Project GIRL was then acquired by ROC Inc. in 2017.
Project GIRL works to provide non-disposable sanitary materials that are produced in Africa for African women and girls. We are working towards a world in which girls will no longer have to stay out of school because they are menstruating.
ROC will also be working on adding additional programs to benefit education for women in Ghana including sexual and reproductive health curriculums and the building of toilets at schools.
In its first year, Project GIRL’s donations led to a 10% improvement in school attendance at participating schools! Furthermore, of the girls who received pads, 24.2% did not know of pads before Project GIRL, 32.5% used pads for the first time, and 12.5% used money for food, instead of skipping meals to save money to by pads.
Girls in Ghana often have a difficult time getting an education. This is not due to a lack of access to education—but rather to a lack of access to personal sanitary items.
When Ghanaian girls reach a certain age and begin to menstruate, many do not have the sanitary products necessary to properly care for themselves. Because of this, girls tend to stay home from school, which leads to high rates of drop-outs. Without an education, marriage is often the only option for a livelihood, and it is usually with much older men. In essence, many girls in Ghana live lives that lack full autonomy.
Providing girls with sanitary items can improve their access to education by allowing them to stay in school during menstruation.