On the Same Page is a special column by Janiece Evans-Page, head of the Fossil Foundation. Here, she shares the insights and strategies behind our global impact.
When I stop to think of the work we’ve done with our innovative partners over the last three years, I can honestly say it’s been an insightful and inspiring journey. We’ve directly helped 200,000 young people around the world. That’s something worth celebrating!
What exactly does a number like 200,000 represent? It means 14,000 previously out-of-school girls have been enrolled in school and the quality of education improved for 65,000 girls in Sirohi (India) through our partner, Educate Girls. One of those girls, Sunita, has learned about life beyond her small, rural village in Rajasthan where she was confined to a future of house work and child rearing. Now, she dreams of becoming a police officer—an audacious goal considering India’s police force is 94 percent male.
It means 889 girls in Zambia are attending school who otherwise wouldn’t, thanks to the work of our partner, Camfed. Together, we’ve helped Christine, a 17-year-old student from Zambia’s Chinsali District, complete her education and move a step closer to fulfilling her ambition of helping the sick and poor in her community.
Of course, these encouraging results and many more wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our high-impact partners. We’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs and contributing to their efforts to transform more than 6 million lives. We’re even more inspired to have met some of the remarkable young people who are now empowered because of their involvement in our partners’ organizations.
There’s Jahquar, an aspiring motivational speaker who was one of 1,500 Peer Leaders trained by our partner, College Summit. He and his fellow Peer Leaders have helped over 46,000 high school students apply for college. Their efforts have boosted college enrollment by 20 percent in the schools they serve. There’s also Phonethavy from Laos who is now highly competitive in the 21st Century workforce thanks to training in computing, management and English from our partner, Digital Divide Data. He and 2,000 underserved youth like him are increasing their average lifetime earnings by more than $110,000 each.
We see a future brimming with opportunity for young people like Sunita, Christine, Jahquar and Phonethavy. We look forward to sharing similar stories about youth empowerment and impact in the years to come.
Head of Fossil Foundation
Christine, a student in Zambia supported by Fossil Foundation through Camfed
Jahquar (above), is a College Summit Peer Leader