The Shine a Light campaign is one of WUSC’s priority programs. Shine a Light focuses on girls education in refugee camps; expected to help with domestic chores and the care of siblings, girls in the camps often miss school or discontinue their studies altogether.
There are three phases to the Shine a Light campaign
- Solar Lamps – $10,000
300 safe, cost-effective solar lamps were provided to primary and secondary schools to enable girls to study at night. This phase has been completed thanks to your generous support and donations!
- After School Programs and School Supplies – $70,000
Every $20 donated will enroll one more girl in 1 month of remedial classes. This phase is still in effect, and you can bring us one step closer to our goal by supporting Shine a Light today!
- Scholarships – $20,000
The third and final phase of Shine a Light is to offer scholarships for promising young refugee girls in Kenya and Malawi. Every $1000 donated will provide one girl with a scholarship to continue her secondary school education outside of the camps.
- Girls who study regularly and do well in school inspire their families and communities. Other family members may take advantage of the lamps to read and study, or may become more interested in education.
- Girls in school are more likely to avoid early marriage.
- Educating a girl dramatically reduces the chance that her child will die before age five.
- Educated women are more likely to have healthy, spaced pregnancies, which leads to healthy and educated children.
- Educating a girl improves her ability to support herself and make informed decisions about her own life.
- Educating a girl provides her with the confidence to value her body and appreciate her self-worth. This allows her to have a say in the wellbeing of herself, her family and her community.
- Educated girls can secure better jobs that provide benefits to the entire family.
- Educating girls and women is a “best bet” investment. It leads to higher incomes, lower birth rates, reduced infant mortality and increased public health.