For the Girls

Recent Update!

Learn about our latest updates on the Girls’ Book in Kutupalong, Bangladesh!

Now more than ever, girls’ education around the world has been disrupted. This was a problem before the COVID-19 pandemic — and the lockdown has only exacerbated the situation. Girls are confronted with the dangers of trafficking, gender-based violence, and child marriage. Many of them will never see the inside of a classroom.

An educated girl is more likely to grow up safe, healthy, and confident to take control of her future. She understands the value of education and will likely send her children to school. She improves her problem solving and critical thinking skills. She is likely to engage in her community and empower other girls around her.

An educated girl can change the world.

But school isn’t always an option. That’s why we’re bringing books to girls’ homes.

Education for rohingya girls

“Do you have a book with girls that look like us?”

By girls, for girls. Our team of female artists from around the world designed this book for Rohingya adolescent girls.

Along with basic health practices, the book encourages creativity, innovation, and community-based work throughout all phases of life. The picture-based approach is designed to encourage girls to ask questions and spark conversation among their peers, regardless of their literacy level.

Rohingya is an unwritten language. We collaborate with linguists and translators to create a written form of their Rohingya language. Because of this, we go through a verification process to ensure that the vocabulary we use is the most-widely understood for the focus community.

Education for refugee girls, Rohingya

Normally, the girls in our community don’t participate in these types of education programs. I was wondering if they would even come regularly to these sessions. But they are so excited about the sessions and love the book so much!

– Rohingya Teacher, Bangladesh

Piloting Phase

To ensure cultural efficacy, we are piloting our For the Girls project in the Rohingya community. This is a time when we gather feedback on illustrations, translations, and contextualization.

Books for rohingya refugee girls.

The book is broken up into 5 sections based on the stages of womanhood:

  1. Infancy
  2. Childhood
  3. Adolescence
  4. Adulthood
  5. Seniorhood

Each section highlights “essentials” in each phase that girls around the world share. This page introduces the “essentials” and the rest of the section elaborates on these ideas through interactive activities and detailed information.

This book serves as a supplementary learning material that can be used in addition to a formal curriculum. It is meant to encourage learning, creativity, and community engagement. We hope this book provides useful life skills that girls can use to empower other girls around them.

This program is not limited to the Rohingya community. Based on demand and feedback on our pilot project, we will expand to other communities.

How Can I Get Involved?

Join Us

We are actively looking for NGOs in the Rohingya community who are interested in piloting our materials!

Our For the Girls books & teacher training guides are for sale at a DISCOUNTED price. In exchange, we ask for detailed feedback on our illustrations, translations, and lesson plan ideas.

This is only available for a limited time! Purchase our book below.

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Support Us

A great way to get involved is through sponsoring our pilot project!

Your support covers paying our team, printing materials, and arranging teacher trainings.

Donations of $250 and higher will receive a free copy of For the Girls book and a Teacher Training guide.

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The “For the Girls” book simply and beautifully depicts the life stages of females, through both a universal and contextual approach. Through positive repetition, the universal characteristics of “I like” to learn, to be healthy, to create, to help, etc. are illustrated and reinforced in every stage from infants to seniors. Additionally, these universal characteristics are illustrated through vibrant, contextualized cartoons relevant to this particular community. The beauty of this book is that the basic universal framework could be contextualized for various populations as needed. I especially appreciate the positive focus of this book, which motivates and empowers girls and women to keep growing and learning throughout their lives. The helpful and practical Teacher Guide is formatted for easy access to objectives, excellent ideas for both specific and general discussions, and accompanying fun, activities for each lesson.

— Cathryn Supplee, University of Colorado