Who We Are
Resources for the Enrichment of African Lives (REAL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of girls and young women in Ethiopia. Through education, girls have the chance to break the cycle of poverty, for themselves, as well as for their families and communities.
What We Do
Our primary program, sponsorship of girls' education and leadership development, began in 2004 in Ethiopia and supported over 420 girls. 85% of them completed higher education and employed as medical doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers in different fields to name few.
Through individual and group sponsorships, REAL is now supporting 165 girls in Ethiopia, partnering with Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. The girls attend more than 30 schools at 9 different sites, with a mentor at each site.
Our unique model of support is based on one of growth and development, not only for girls' education and leadership skills, but also for their famillies and for the communities where they live. All sponsorship dollars support the girls, their families and mentors in the program. We continue to witness families making progress in breaking the cycle of poverty. Girls are completing their basic education and are continuing with advanced college and vocational program opportunities.
How We Do It
We team up with amazing sponsors, partners and friends of REAL! People who see and know the incredible value of education and the difference it makes. In our program in Ethiopia, the sponsors of girls and young women commit to just a $1 a day/ $30 a month / $360 a year... the sponsors of our mentors commit to $120 a month/ $1440 a year.