One Girl is a Melbourne-based charity empowering girls through education. They’re on a mission to educate one million girls across Africa – just a fraction of the estimated 62 million girls around the world who are denied an education every year. They work in Sierra Leone and Uganda, some of the worst places on earth to be born a girl. A girl born in Sierra Leone is more likely to be sexually assaulted than she is to go to high school.
The Morris Family Foundation has been supporting One Girl since 2013 and has contributed to their Business Brains, Do it in A Dress and Launchpad programs.
Business Brains trains girls and young women (and boys in school) in financial literacy and entrepreneurship so they can contribute to their family finances and stay in school. Program participants can also apply these skills to earn an income after they graduate. For girls and women who are out of school, such as young mothers, the program also provides a support network. Business Brains also involves sexual and reproductive health training, and life skills, aiming to improve participant’s knowledge, attitude and practices in relation to menstrual health management, and reduce the risk of early pregnancy and STIs.
LaunchPad delivers affordable, eco- friendly sanitary pads to women and girls in Sierra Leone using a community of local female entrepreneurs and leveraging existing health care networks. As a social enterprise, LaunchPad leverages best practices from both charity and business to develop a model capable of taking on the enormous global need for affordable sanitary products.