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Newman’s Own Foundation Commits $1 Million to Support Girls’ Education, Recognizing the International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2016


Newman’s Own Foundation today announced a $1 million commitment to support the education of girls, aimed at helping them to reach their full potential without discrimination or barriers. $200,000 has been granted to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund. An additional grant of $800,000 over five years is being made to Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), which runs the Kibera and Mathare Schools for Girls in Kenya, so girls may continue their education through high school. 

The International Day of the Girl was established to recognize the need to educate young girls and empower them to overcome the complex physical, cultural, and financial barriers in accessing education. When girls are educated, they lead healthier and more productive lives with skills and knowledge that help them break the cycle of poverty and strengthen their communities.
Newman’s Own Foundation began funding SHOFCO in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums, in 2010 as the earliest major philanthropic investor, and has continued support which has helped educate girls, first grade through eighth grade. The Foundation’s commitment of $800,000 will help the girls continue their education beyond eighth grade, supporting scholarships and enrichment programs, principally at high schools and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.
The Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund will use the Foundation’s grant to help educate adolescent girls with community-led solutions in various parts of the world. Let Girls Learn is a U.S. government initiative launched by the President and First Lady that helps girls attain a quality education that they deserve.
“Newman’s Own Foundation is proud to support efforts to help girls learn, encouraging them to dream and reach their full potential,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. “We join First Lady Michelle Obama in the effort to raise awareness around the need to educate girls.” 
Forrester added, “In the years that we’ve supported SHOFCO, we’ve seen a transformation of the girls who came from horrid conditions in the slum and became educated, talented, and hopeful for the future. The Peace Corps empowers local leaders around the world to put lasting solutions in place. We see that education and opportunity open doors for a better life, and we’re confident that our grants will help empower young girls to achieve more.”