Home of Hope

Education

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Children in most communities often come from financially challenged backgrounds, with the majority being orphans. These families are often unable to pay for their children to go to school, nor provide them with the adequate books, uniforms and materials required – often resulting in high drop-out rates and more children on the streets. The most affected are girls due to cultural norms that support educating the male child than the girl child. Lily of Valleys Home of Hope therefore advocates educating the girl child and other children from poor families.

The benefits of the provision of a quality basic education goes well beyond children being able to read, write and count. With these skills, children are able to fulfil their potential, contribute to the wellbeing of their families and communities. As a result the cycle of poverty is more likely to be broken. Quantifiable examples of this include:

We therefore:

Offer school fees support for orphans and children from poor families who can-not afford to have their children in school

  • Equip pupils with life sustaining and transforming skills
  • Provide HIV support groups for affected and infected pupils
  • Provides life skills support for urban and rural children
  • Career guidance for in and out of school pupils

The benefits of the provision of a quality basic education goes well beyond children being able to read, write and count. With these skills, children are able to fulfil their potential, contribute to the wellbeing of their families and communities. As a result the cycle of poverty is more likely to be broken. Quantifiable examples of this include:

  • Girls’ and Women’s Rights: One additional school year can increase a woman’s earnings by 10% to 20%
  • Healthier Communities: Each extra year of a mother’s schooling reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5-10%
  • Poverty Reduction: If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, an estimated 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty
  • Better Life Chances: A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past 5 years of age
  • Economic Growth: Each additional year of schooling raises average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 0.37%
  • Increased Agricultural Output and Income: Investing in girls’ education could boost agricultural output in sub-Saharan Africa by 25%