BEADS for Education was founded in 1993 by Debby Rooney and Lisa Stevens. The organization works throughout Kenya to provide girls and women with school sponsorships and business development opportunities, and BEADS conducts a variety of programs to improve the quality of education and women’s rights. By making a purchase through Sweet Yara, you can choose to have 10% of the proceeds from your purchase go directly to supporting one girl in the Maasailands region in Kenya through BEADS for Education. These funds will pay for the girl’s school and boarding fees, workshops on HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, career counseling and mentoring, and community service projects.
Develop Africa was born out of the vision that human resource development is the key to improving nation-building capacity in Africa. As such, Develop Africa employs a number of strategies to achieve this mission, including computer labs and computer training, orphan care, educational support, health support, leadership development, microfinance, and workforce empowerment. Develop Africa also provides for the empowerment of children in Africa through their Child Sponsorship program. By making a purchase through Sweet Yara, you can choose to have 10% of the proceeds from your purchase go directly to supporting one girl in Africa through Develop Africa. These funds will pay for her basic needs, such as food, water, shelter, clothing, medical supplies, school fees and books, and the basic necessities of life.
She’s the First was founded in 2009 by Tammy Tibbetts and Christen Brandt with the idea of using social media to inspire and motivate Millenials to support girls’ education. Today, She’s the First provides scholarships to girls in low-income countries with the aim of supporting first-generation graduates and fostering the next generation of global leaders. She’s the First girls are chosen based on financial need as well as academic merit. She’s the First then provides beneficiary girls with scholarships, mentorships, health support, boarding, and global awareness training. By making a purchase through Sweet Yara, 10% of the proceeds from your purchase go directly to supporting one She’s the First girl and will cover her basic tuition.