Better educational opportunities equal a brighter future for refugee girls

WUSC was recently honoured with $100,000 during 60 Million Girls Foundation’s annual conference in Montreal. With this funding, WUSC will continue working with refugee communities in Kenya and Malawi to support girls’ education and leadership. 

60 Million Girls ceremony

WUSC Executive Director, Chris Eaton (right), receiving a cheque from the 60 Million Girls Foundation


Focusing on girls first

In 2009, WUSC, with the support of funding from 60 Million Girls Foundation and Windle Trust Kenya began remedial classes for girls in Kenyan refugee camps. The project helped refugee girls stay in school and increase their self-confidence. That same year, WUSC created the Shine a Light campaign to raise awareness and funds enabling girls to attend after-school classes in the camps.

Building on the success in Kenya, these funds will continue supporting girls in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya and in Malawi to ensure more girls will improve their academic performance and become leaders in their communities. This program hopes to:

  • decrease the drop-out rate among girls at the primary and secondary school levels;
  • increase self-esteem and confidence among girls;
  • increase community and parental support for girls’ education.


Hope through education

Helping refugee students gain access to better education is one of the core values of WUSC. Girls especially play a vital role in achieving lasting change. With this new phase of this WUSC program, more young women work towards pursuing their post-secondary education through the Student Refugee Program.


Learn more about WUSC’s Student Refugee Program.

Donate to Shine a Light campaign and help more girls succeed.


WUSC’s Academic & Leadership Program for Refugee Girls is funded by the 60 Million Girls Foundation and will be implemented in partnership with Windle Trust Kenya, Jesuit Refugee Services Malawi, and the WUSC Malawi office.

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