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How to Help:

The following organizations are devoted to helping educate girls and/or women around the world. Some are large; some small. Some concentrate in one country; others in many. Each has its own area of focus, from cultural exchange, training teachers, providing education, to inspiring participation. Read more about each one and learn how to donate or get involved.

Afghan Institute of Learning

Operates schools and other programs for women and girls in Afghanistan and in the border areas of Pakistan.

Akili Dada

Dedicated to providing secondary education scholarships, peer/mentorship and leadership training to ensure that the next generation of Kenya's leaders includes women from diverse economic backgrounds.

Asian University for Women

Focuses on educating women from impoverished and less-fortunate nations to help them become the leaders of tomorrow. 98% of its students are enrolled on full scholarship.


A Bangladesh-based aid group that recently made a commitment to provide empowering educational opportunities for the most disadvantaged children, especially girls, on a significant scale in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Southern Sudan.


An international non-profit that has supported more than 1 million African girls, so that they may attend both primary and secondary school.


Works alongside communities, governments and partner organizations at many levels in about 50 countries to address all aspects of basic education, including training teachers and other school personnel to improve the quality of education.

Central Asia Institute

Founded by Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson, CAI promotes and supports community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Aims to educate girls in orphanages in India. It works with carefully selected local partners who rescue and rehabilitate at-risk girls and invest in initiatives to give them a chance.

Develop Africa

Works to establish meaningful and sustainable development in Africa, through capacity building empowerment, and transformational education.

Developments in Literacy

Dedicated to providing quality education to disadvantaged children, especially girls, by establishing and operating schools in the underdeveloped regions of Pakistan, with a strong focus on gender equality and community participation.

Educate Girls Globally

Promotes the education of girls in developing countries.


Focuses on the education of impoverished girls in the slums of India and works to put girls through all levels of education, including high school and college.


Provides grants that contribute to children's education around the globe, and aims to eliminate gender inequality in education by the year 2030.

Friends Pakistan

Contributes to providing girls living in Pakistan with the opportunity to acquire an education, and helps to insure that they receive more than just a primary school education.

The Girl Effect

The Girl Effect

The powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate. It's an untapped force in the fight against poverty, and it's driven by champions around the globe: the Nike Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the UN Foundation, the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, CARE, Plan, the Population Council, ICRW and the Center for Global Development—and many others.

Girl Up

A campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for UN programs that help some of the world's hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.

Girls Education International

Dedicated to expanding and supporting educational opportunities for under-served females in remote and undeveloped regions of the world.

Girls Learn International, Inc.

The GLI program supports the empowerment of students to create real solutions that address the obstacles facing girls and women around the world.

Global Campaign for Education

A civil society movement whose mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of every girl, boy, woman and man to a free quality public education.

The Global Fund for Children

Provides capital to strengthen innovative community-based organizations serving the most vulnerable children and youth, complemented by a dynamic media program that, through books, documentary photography, and film, highlights the issues affecting children.

Global Fund for Women

Makes grants to organizations around the world that provide access to both informal and formal education for women and girls, paying particular attention to the needs of girls and women in minority and marginalized communities.

Going to School

Creates magical media to inspire children to change their lives by going to school in India.


Provides scholarships for girls to go to high school and supports women's sustainable economic development in Madagascar.

Malala Fund

Wants to see a world where every girl can complete 12 years of free, safe, quality education.
Follow Malala's Girl Power Trip where she travels the world to meet girls and learn about their fight to go to school.

Mama Cash

The oldest international women's fund. Supports pioneering and innovative women's initiatives in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Commonwealth of Independent States, believing that social change starts with women and girls.

Massai Girls' Education Fund

Massai Girls Education Fund

Created to improve the literacy, health and economic well-being of Maasai women in Kenya and their families through education of girls and their communities.

Mercy Corps

Works to bring access to education to women and men of all ages and economic groups to help ensure a better future for all.

New Light Foundation

Provides educational and healthcare opportunities, recreational facilities, and safe shelter for the children of Kolkata, India sex workers, particularly the daughters.

Nurturing Minds

A U.S.-based non-profit that collaborates with the SEGA School, a residential secondary school for bright, motivated Tanzanian girls who otherwise are unable to attend school due to extreme poverty.

Plan International USA

Works in partnership with local leaders and organizations to provide girls with practical, non-formal education in countries around the world.

Room To Read

Seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

She's the First

Dedicated to supporting girls who will be the first in their families to graduate from high school in areas such as Africa, Latin America, and South Asia.

Shining Hope For Communities

Combats gender inequality and extreme poverty in urban Kenyan slums by linking tuition-free schools for girls to holistic social services for all.


Helps underprivileged girls living in rural India to build their confidence in education, creativity, and life after school through after-school programs.

Vital Voices

Through its Rising Voices initiative for young women, Vital Voices is committed to equipping thousands more girls with the education, mentorship, and support to assert their potential as agents of change.

WISER (Women's Institute of Secondary Education)

Holistically improves health and educational outcomes for girls living in Kenya, particularly those orphaned by AIDS. Also works with local communities to change how girls are valued.

World Assistance to Cambodia

Has a program to subsidize poor girls so that they can remain in school.

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