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
- The first phase of the campaign focused on raising money for safe, cost-effective solar lamps to enable girls to study at night, because many girls can only find time to study after dark in camps that lack electricity. Every $10 donated allowed one more girl to have access to a solar-powered light, with an ultimate goal of $10,000 to support 1000 girls in their journey towards education. This phase has been completed thanks to your generous support and donations!
- The second phase of Shine a Light will help the girls obtain remedial training to make up the schooling they missed out on due to family commitments and other circumstances. Every 20$ donated allows a girl one more month of remedial classes, with an ultimate goal of $50,000. This phase is still in effect, and you can bring us one step closer to our goal by supporting Shine a Light today!
- 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 year’s scholarship to continue her secondary school education, with an ultimate goal of $40,000.
- 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.5
- 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.