Today, more girls in Africa are graduating from elementary school than ever before. Yet war, poverty, prejudice, and even distance from school prevent the majority from completing secondary education. Piloting programs for girls in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Cameroon, and Benin (where its founder was born and educated), the Batonga Foundation removes obstacles that prevent or discourage girls from attending school. This means everything from providing scholarships, school supplies, and uniforms, to ensuring access to clean drinking water and school bathrooms, and making it easier – and safer – for girls to get to school. There’s more: the group organizes mentoring and tutoring programs for students and provides in-kind support and micro loans for the scholars' families. Batonga's programs directly benefit over 100,000 students, their families, and community members annually. The overwhelming majority of girls have returned to school each year to continue their education, many in spite of tremendous obstacles. For these girls, the road to graduation is often perilous – but with the support of Batonga, and you, they will make it.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: Internationally; Benin, Mali, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)
Ethnic Groups Served: Other
Population(s) Served: Women/Girls; Students; Disabled; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
Awards & Recognition
Great Nonprofits Top-Rated Nonprofit 2012-present
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- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- The current budget for The Batonga Foundation is: Less than $500k
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