Here at Practical Performance Analyst we have been on the lookout for a partnership with an NGO (Non Government Organization) who is focused on doing good work and transforming lives. We have been on this quest for a long time now and just recently stumbled across the Barefoot College. Keep reading to learn more about the Barefoot College and how it helps improve the quality of lives in developing economies.
You would not be surprised if i told you that women hold the key to a future free from hunger and poverty. By supporting women’s education, training them as leaders and equipping them with the knowledge to become better leaders we are helping build a more progressive and inclusive society for all.
Here’s what the UN has to say about Women empowerment –
- When more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labour force participation—or a reduction in the gap between women’s and men’s labour force participation—results in faster economic growth.
- Evidence from a range of countries shows that increasing the share of household income controlled by women, either through their own earnings or cash transfers, changes spending in ways that benefit children.
- Increasing women and girls’ education contributes to higher economic growth. Increased educational attainment accounts for about 50 per cent of the economic growth in OECD countries over the past 50 years, of which over half is due to girls having had access to higher levels of education and achieving greater equality in the number of years spent in education between men and women.
- A study using data from 219 countries from 1970 to 2009 found that, for every one additional year of education for women of reproductive age, child mortality decreased by 9.5 per cent.
- Women tend to have less access to formal financial institutions and saving mechanisms. While 55 per cent of men report having an account at a formal financial institution, only 47 per cent of women do worldwide. This gap is largest among lower middle-income economies as well as in South Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.
For more than 42 years Barefoot College has designed new ways to nurture and support a journey to empowerment, one village at a time, one woman at a time. Barefoot college is built on the premise that light and learning are fundamental to a community’s transformation. Barefoot college empowers women and girls from impoverished communities by training them as solar engineers, innovators and educators, who then return to their communities to bring universal access to these essential forces.
We encourage you to check out the following videos to learn more about the Barefoot movement –
- TED Talk : Learning from a Barefoot movement – Bunker Roy
- No Problem : A short documentary about Barefoot College
Barefoot College was built by and exclusively for the poor. Since the inception of our innovative rural college we have worked in partnership with marginalized, exploited and impoverished rural poor who live on less than $1 a day. The program helps lift them over the poverty line with dignity and self-respect.
This is your opportunity to partner with a transformative effort that has already impacted more than 700,000 lives in 72 countries. We need your donation to make a difference – even a $50 donation can bring light and learning to a household.
According to the World Food Program the best way to help women is to –
- Help women become better leader
- Help women grow more and better food
- Help women rebuild after conflicts
- Help them and their daughters get an education
In the next three years, the Barefoot College movement will improve the lives of another 500,000 people by EMPOWERING WOMEN, nearly doubling the number of people we can serve! This exciting chance to make a global impact and spread the Barefoot approach, an urgent crusade thatdirectly aligns with the UN’s 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. As governments across the developing world see the efficacy of our program, we are in a dynamic, urgent process of scaling our effort to new areas that need it most.
Setting up Barefoot Regional Vocational Training Centres – The alumni of Barefoot College are Barefoot women engineers, women architects, water technicians, craftsman, midwives and many more women entrepreneurs, who have seen their communities transformed teach at these new campuses, spreading the skills they once learned to the next generation of those in need.
This year the Barefoot College has already inaugurated the first of five Barefoot Regional Vocational Training Centres in Zanzibar. The first 12 Solar Engineers have graduated from this new institution, propelling our biggest goal; to extend our reach to as many high-risk communities as possible. The Barefoot College have set themselves a goal, that by 2018 we would like to become fully global. In line with that we are creating new centers in:
- Africa (South Sudan, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Liberia)
- Latin America (Construction begins in Guatemala in 2016)
- Asia (Indonesia, Myanmar and Fiji)
Each new branch allows us to to educate and empower more people!
We need your help to accomplish these projects. The Barefoot Model has been proven to be effective worldwide – many of our early learners have become our greatest teachers, and the communities we have engaged with are thriving. Every dollar donated to this campaign goes to the work required to continue to create such powerful results around the world. Global poverty is solvable, and food and water can be provided to every person.
We understand that each person reading this has different means, and we are grateful for contributions of every size. Whether you can offer a dollar, or much more, we want you to know how deeply the Barefoot College appreciates your taking action and supporting our work.
Thank You For Your Support.