PinK Girl (Power In Knowledge) began as a dream when my daughter, Ansley accompanied Dee and me on a trip to explore how we could help improve lives of girls in northeastern Ethiopia. While there, we learned that only 12% of the Ethiopian girls in Bahir Dar finish high school while boys pass at a 70% rate. This seemed shocking, so we asked why. There are many different reasons; most are detailed in the enclosed packet. Ansley, our star student wanted to know if Ethiopian girls had access to a good tutoring program, like she had, and could that be the key to helping them pass the exams like the boys. We were inspired to try
Dee, Ansley, and our friend Julie Field began discussing the challenges to making this happen roughly 10,000 miles away. We started small in 2011, with 15 girls and a dream to help the girls make it to college! Well, some 8 years later, under the expert guidance of Julie, our executive director, that small group of girls helped develop the foundation of an incredibly successful tutoring and life skills program that helps young Ethiopian girls thrive and excel in school and more importantly, life. 100% of our girls are passing high school, their national exams and making it to college.
As of March 2019:
We have 35 college graduates fully employed.
Our PinK Pal program currently has 135 girls attending university on track to complete their degrees.
Our PinK Girl program is currently providing tutoring and life skills for 240 girls from 7th to 12th grade to help them pass national exams (8th, 10th, 12th grade) and stay on the path to college.
Research has shown that girls continue to be the single most excluded group in the world. Girls in Bahir Dar and Ethiopia rarely finish their education, with many not making it past the 8th grade. PinK Girl is helping girls complete their educational dreams and more importantly, is an effective way of providing the girls with power, autonomy and independence to make genuine choices over the lives, their families and their community. We know PinK Girl is changing lives.
Sadly, Dee passed away on March 10, 2014, after her valiant fight with breast cancer. Her family is committed to continuing her legacy of helping change the lives of young girls in Ethiopia.
When a girl has self-belief and is supported by her family and community;
when she's empowered with skills, ideas and knowledge;
when she has access to services, role models and other girls:
when she is visible and vocal -
she can demand to stay in school, to get healthcare, and to get married and have children when she chooses.