Our strategy was to harness the time and talent of women globally to help transition disadvantaged girls out of the circle of poverty and into a circle of societal participation, contribution, fulfillment and independence. Whereby, sustainability would be realized through the institutionalization of a ‘give back ethos’ that links ‘giving back, from one generation to the next. The idea was to turn beneficiaries into benefactors, to put into practice the ‘Butterfly Effect’ and show the girls’ impact with one simple flap of a wing.
In many ways, Kenya has been our proving ground, our conceptual hothouse whereby we tested, measured and validated implementation models and methodologies. We learned a lot over the past eight years and made modifications and adjustments too. In 2013, the ‘Circle’ launched in China, in 2014 we launched in South Africa and in 2015 we launched in India.
USAID and PEPFAR’s support and belief in a holistic transformation approach to education and employment-readiness has made the Global Give Back Circle the largest gender-based tertiary education program for at-risk girls in Kenya. Today, 1,000 girls are in the program in Kenya of which 800 are in college/university. In addition, 400 girls are in the program in the other countries of operation. Over the next five years, the program is projecting to reach 4,000 girls globally.