Girls in South Sudan see education as their path to success, economic stability, and freedom. However, due to cultural and socioeconomic factors, most girls are denied the opportunity to attend school. They are often forced into marriage by fathers or brothers who desperately need the bride-price they bring. This article in The Guardian reports on teenage girls being forced into marriage in exchange for cattle, which is a main source of currency in parts of South Sudan and a significant source of wealth for many.
Africa ELI works to give girls in South Sudan choices and opportunities. While we recognize the desperation that most people in South Sudan are facing, we firmly believe that the future success of the nation depends upon educating the youth. We focus on providing our students with the safety, security, and resources they need to pursue their education and realize their dreams.