Give a Girl a Chance
The New Community Project believes in helping women and girls get the opportunity they need to have the future they deserve. Working with local groups to ensure the best use of funds, we forward 100 percent of donations to the projects themselves. Read more about our approach and our partners here.
NCP supports girls' education through tuition scholarships and by providing other items essential for school attendance, including uniforms and shoes, school supplies, and sanitary materials—and sometimes food. Every year, NCP helps some 300 girls go to school in South Sudan, Burma and Nepal. In South Sudan, out-of-school girls can be married off as young as 12; in Burma, girls are often sent off to be domestic workers; in Nepal, the sex trade awaits girls who are out of school and out of luck. We work through our partners in a given community, who assess needs, select recipients, and monitor progress. And in South Sudan, we built a school!
In a new initiative, we are looking for supporters for South Sudanese girls who want to complete their education (high schools in South Sudan only go to 10th grade) or receive specialized vocational training in Uganda. This additional step beyond the education available in their home country will greatly increase their employability and the quality of jobs available to them. Either of these options is a two-year program that costs $600 per girl annually, and we are hoping for two-year funding commitments from groups or individuals willing to pay part or all of this for a girl. We may be able to share the name and story of girls being supporting through this program.
We've named this effort Second Step, and it has its own promo album on our Facebook page and its own tab on our donation page. If contributing by check, make the check payable to NCP and note "Second Step."
$6 — year's supply hygienic kits (soap & sanitary items)
Women around the world face many challenges, summarized on our Justice Denied page. NCP supports women's efforts to find a better future by working with our partners in South Sudan, Nepal, the Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burma (Myanmar), and marketing fairly made products from women's groups in Guatemala, Myanmar and Uganda. We also visit these women on our Learning Tours.
You might call it a win/win situation! Meet Win Win!
Read more about our overall approach to economic empowerment of women at our Free, Fair, Faux, Phun page.
We provide some $40,000 in annual support for women's programs in these areas of the world. Here's where it goes and what it does:
Help us help these women have the opportunities and respect they deserve!
Win Win Maw of Thar Phan Gyi was able to start a duck egg business in her delta community, thanks to an NCP microloan administered by our Burmese partner organization. She travels twice a month by boat and bus to Yangon over 100 miles away, carrying 2000 duck eggs at a crack (five baskets’ worth!), each trip taking seven days. There she sells them to merchants and regular customers. Buying the eggs locally for 10 cents each and selling them for 15 cents, she earns about $200 per month, minus transportation costs. “I enjoy this work. I have gained lots of experience, I get to visit other places, and I earn money for my children’s education,” she said. “The longer we work together, the greater our unity,” she says of the 34 women who work together in various NCP-funded projects in her village.