Part One: Girls’ Education at the forefront

INTO Giving aims to bring lasting change to people’s lives. We achieve this through establishing strategic par…

Blog Series: INTO Giving pledges £290,000 ($360,000) towards girls’ education, homelessness, and the environment

03 Jan 2020

INTO Giving aims to bring lasting change to people’s lives. We achieve this through establishing strategic partnerships with organisations supporting girls’ education, the environment and homelessness.

We believe in helping people and their communities with long term effect. To achieve this, we have invested in these three keys areas. Areas that are increasingly relevant all over the world, as well as at home.

As our mission statement suggests, we stand up for gender equality, and girls’ education is at the forefront of our focus.

In many parts of the world, girls face discrimination and are at very real and even daily risk of being forced or coerced out of education – most particularly when they reach puberty and are told it’s time to marry or go to work (or both).

We’re helping girls to stay in school and get more out of it, rather than vanishing into child marriage and child labour.

To achieve this, INTO Giving is donating £60,000 ($75,000 US) to support girls at Room to Read projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Schoolgirls aged 11- 17-years-old are engaged through four key program areas:

Life-skills: Life-skills are competencies such as self-efficiency and empathy, and lessons in health and hygiene, overcoming and dealing with gender bias, making time to study and goal setting. 

Mentoring: Strong, educated local women serve as role models, advisors, and advocates to schoolgirls, providing them with emotional support and guidance.

Material Support: We're providing needs-based material support for school costs such as tuition fees, uniforms, and exam preparation services so parents don't have to make the choice between putting food on the table and investing in education. 

Community Engagement: Creating environments that support girls' success in school and beyond, through community meetings where parents and caretakers can discuss the importance of sending all their children to school, and the challenges they are facing

On top of this, INTO University Partnerships, who help students from around the world achieve their dream of studying overseas at university, also has an exciting development through Room to Read.

In conjunction with INTO’s aim of providing a unique student experience and develop students’ employability, INTO Giving is delighted to now offer the INTO Student Internship program.

US and UK INTO students may now apply to serve internships at Room to Read offices in New York, London and San Francisco, giving them a unique opportunity to develop their employability and business acumen.

All in all, 2020, and our partnership with Room to Read, will bring many exciting and new developments to our work internationally as well as at home.

Watch this space for the next blog instalment part 2, showing you how INTO Giving will be dispensing the rest of the £290,000 promised to great causes worldwide.