At my middle school here in Togo, the sixieme (6th grade) class is 50/50 guys and girls. By the time you get to troisieme ( 9th grade) there are only about 12 girls in a class of 55.
There are many reasons why girls drop out; sexual harassment, school fees, pregnancy, a lack of familial support, because her school fees were used for her brothers education, etc. Pathways provides scholarships on the middle school, high school and university level based on need and merit.
Many scholars on the high school and university level have said that they would have stopped their studies a long time ago if it wasn't for the financial and moral support of Pathways.
Today kicks off the start of the Pathways conference for our middle school scholars and their mentors, with the high school conference following.
There is only one paid staff member of Pathways Togo, a Togolese counterpart who works in the office year round. Every other person working with Pathways is here as a volunteer. This allows for your donations to make a bigger impact. This year 9 new scholars were added to the program who, as long as they keep their grades up, no longer have to worry about how to pay for a school uniform or how to pay for university in years from now.
If you have some money to spare, consider donating to help another girl secure her education and future.
Donate at www.pathwaystogo.org . Donations are tax deductible and will help make a huge impact in the life of a Togolese girl.