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This event helps to raise awareness and funds for FAWE in Sierra Leone and also for the education of girls around the world who would never have had access to education.  We have been working very closely with the Forum of African Women in Education for the last five years and hope to continue to work with them as we expand our horizon and create opportunities to help girls worldwide.



This event will help raise awareness and funds for FAWE, specifically FAWE Sierra Leone and our local projects.
FAWE is a pan-African Non-Governmental Organization working in 32 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education.

We believe that through education of women and girls, livelihoods are improved for entire communities and civic education and liberties are enhanced. Educated girls become educated women who have the knowledge, skills, and opportunity to play a role in governance and democratic processes and to influence the direction of their societies.

We work hand-in-hand with communities, schools, civil society, Non-Governmental Organizations, and ministries to achieve gender equity and equality in education through targeted programmes.

We encourage our partners to enact policies and provide positive learning environments that treat girls and boys equally.
Our work influences government policy builds public awareness, demonstrates the best educational practice through effective models, and encourages the adoption of these models by governments and institutions of education.

This has led to increased rates of girls’ enrolment, retention, and completion of school in countries in which our National Chapters operate.

Through our work, girls and women across sub-Saharan Africa have the chance to attend school and overcome material deprivation and social and political exclusion.


Here in Connecticut, we support:





The Saint Martin de Porres Academy is a faith-based nativity Miguel middle school that provides a tuition-free, extended day education for underserved girls and boys from low-income families in the New Haven area.   They strived to provide each child with a promising start in life and to equip them to fulfill their academic potential while achieving spiritual and social maturity.  They welcome children of all faiths, races, and cultures.

The school's vision is to break the cycle of poverty through education and opportunity.  

Their goal is to provide urban boys and girls the opportunity to choose a quality

education that will allow them to live up to their full potential.  At the Academy, the

school promotes more than academic excellence they cultivate social responsibility,

social skills, and leadership, balanced with a strong spiritual foundation and a

recognition of the need to serve others.


The students participate in an extended school day and school year

(10-hour days/11 months a year), which provides them with opportunities to explore their

interests through a full range of clubs and activities.


The structure of the extended day and enrichment programs is designed to develop

social maturity, leadership skills, and initiative.


They provide a safe and secure environment during a time of the day where many

children can be susceptible to risky behavior and circumstances.

During Academic Study Hall, students have a quiet time to work on homework and

have access to tutors for extra help.

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Research shows that at-risk children who have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of structured after-school activities have greater academic success and notably improved socially.


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