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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.

American Assistance for Cambodia (AAfC)

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

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.


Helps girls in Africa go to school and stay enrolled, from elementary school to college.
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Works alongside communities, governments and partner organizations at many levels 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.

The Centre for Development and Population Activities

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

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.


Gives grants to improve health, education, leadership and economic opportunities for disadvantaged young people (defined by the World Health Organization as ages 10-24) in emerging market countries.

Girl Determined

Works in Burma (Myanmar) with girls in the urban outskirts of the country's two largest cities. Conducts weekly leadership programs designed to meet the specific needs of the girls served in order to keep them in school, safe from exploitative labor and unmarried until adulthood.

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.

Pairs American middle and high school-based Chapters with international Partner Schools in countries where girls have traditionally been denied access to education in order to: promote cross-cultural understanding; explore issues affecting girls in the context of global human rights; and train girls to be leaders and advocates for positive social change.

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.

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.

More Than Me

Works in one of the poorest slums in the world in Liberia, West Africa. Identifies girls who are at the highest risk of being sexually exploited to ensure that education and opportunity, not exploitation and poverty, defines their lives.

The Tara Project

Provides scholarships for secondary school and university in Kenya; researches hygiene solutions to increase girls regular attendance; partners with local schools to identify other ways to provide a safe, well-equipped learning space.

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.

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