Give a Girl a Chance
NCP’s Give a Girl a Chance fund helps women and girls around the world have a decent chance for a decent life. We work through grassroots partner organizations which plan, implement and monitor the programs. And 100 percent of donations to these projects go to the programs themselves—really!
Go to school!
Education for young women is often very rare (in all of South Sudan, only 500 girls graduate from high school every year) and very valuable, keeping girls away from early marriage, building self-esteem, and preparing them for a life of opportunity rather than menial labor—or other more dehumanizing jobs.
$10 - $20 - $50 = shoes – school uniform – desk
Girls who had graduated from high school in South Sudan always thanked us—and then asked for additional support for further education or vocational training in nearby Uganda, as this would greatly increase their career options. As this would cost $750 per girl per year for two years, and as this was beyond our budget, we launched Second Step, inviting individuals and groups to provide all or part of a girl’s support. If requested, we provide the name and photo of the girl, and attempt to give updates on her progress in school. In the first year, 14 girls were supported—and the number continues to grow!
Microloans are good for business!
In Myanmar, Nepal and the DR Congo, NCP supports microloan projects for women to begin small businesses. From fish selling to pig raising to tailoring shops to dealing in duck eggs, these projects provide income for them and their families, build self-esteem, teach business skills, and give them their own money for needed expenses, their children’s education—or to share with others. And “women from our village no longer have to migrate to the cities to work in the factories or karaoke bars!” the women in Con Khun Thar Phyu village told our Myanmar Learning Tour delegation.
$20 - $50 = a typical loan amount (provide a loan!)
Stop the Traffic
Some 12,000 Nepali girls are lured, tricked, or even betrayed by their husbands into the sex trade every year. Many more—poor or fleeing violence at home—end up in the entertainment sector, where they are underpaid and mistreated. NCP, with its partner Shakti Samuha, works to keep girls in school and away from traffickers while supporting those who survive and return home.
Growing up during wartime in South Sudan, Silverio Andrug only completed second grade, married early, and started having children. Four daughters later, her husband abandoned her—he wanted a son. She started making homebrew to survive, then heard about a tailoring course supported by NCP. She enrolled, graduated, bought a machine and then her own shop—and now sends her daughters to school. “Thank you,” she whispered.
Tailoring training programs help women like Sylverio in South Sudan and the DR Congo learn skills and earn money for themselves and their families. NCP also supports women’s gardening and poultry projects in South Sudan.
$3 - $10 = scissors / iron