Apply Now: Pilot Kisa Project or Binti Shupavu in Your Community
Apply by Feb. 7 to Implement a 2-Year Pilot of UNESCO Award Winning Girls’ Mentoring Programs in Your Community
Round 1 applications are now being accepted from Africa-based organizations interested in implementing a 2-Year Pilot of Kisa Project or Binti Shupavu in their Community
For more than a decade, AfricAid has worked with our local partner, GLAMI (Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative) through the design, implementation and measurement of two mentoring programs for secondary school-aged girls: Kisa Project and Binti Shupavu. These programs are designed to increase graduation rates and prepare Scholars to pursue further education and future careers. Girls who graduate from these mentoring programs regularly pass their final exams at higher rates, with better results than their peers. In 2022, GLAMI was recognized for their leadership of these two programs when they received the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education.
The success of Binti Shupavu and Kisa Project has also been documented in a third party longitudinal research study tracking the impact of programs like these on girls’ agency, conducted by AMPLIFY Girls. They found that Binti Shupavu (raw results) helps girls develop the life skills they need to survive in school and beyond, at statistically significant levels when it comes to self-esteem, empowerment, volunteerism, public speaking, conflict resolution and self-awareness. Similarly, a longitudinal study of Kisa Project (raw results) has demonstrated that this program has a positive impact on school-aged girls by increasing their agency and sense of empowerment, improving their leadership skills, and increasing their self-efficacy, self-esteem, and positive gender attitudes, all at statistically significant levels.
We want to make this programming available to more girls, in more places. And we want to understand what elements of the curriculum need to change to make it as relevant as possible to girls in your community. That’s where you come in.
We are seeking partners in African countries outside Tanzania who want to utilize this award-winning mentoring programming to reach secondary school girls in their communities. If you feel that either Kisa Project or Binti Shupavu could work well in your community, we encourage you to follow the instructions below to apply for funding to pilot one of these two programs over a two-year period.
As a Pilot Partner, You Will Receive:
Selected partners will receive a two-year commitment of $10,000 per year to implement either Kisa Project or Binti Shupavu. Grants may be renewable after the initial two years and are subject to increases based on performance and an assessment of the overall partnership. Partners will receive a training manual, a program manual, in-person training, up to 10 hours of technical assistance per month from an AfricAid/GLAMI program expert, and additional organizational support from AfricAid.
Step 1: Review Curricula and Choose Program
Click the corresponding link below to review frameworks of the Binti Shupavu and/or Kisa Project curricula to better understand each program, and what corresponding events/activities will need to be paired with the curriculum.
Binti Shupavu is a four-year life skills course for lower secondary school girls covering topics such as study skills, personal leadership, health, and self-confidence with the goal of increasing the graduation rates of vulnerable girls.
Kisa Project is a two-year leadership course that prepares girls in their last two years of secondary school to attend university and create positive social change in their communities.
Kisa means “story” in Swahili. Through the Kisa Project, young women are empowered to become the creative authors of their own future stories.
Step 2: Self-Assessment
We are sensitive to the demands of time and resources that grant applications require. Please complete the following brief self-assessment to ensure your organization will meet our grantmaking criteria before moving to the application stage:
Step 3: Application
If the results of your self-assessment indicated that you are a good candidate to move forward, you may begin the application process here. Round 1 applications are due by February 7.
You will receive an email from AfricAid by February 7 if your organization has been selected to advance to the next round. If selected, you or a representative of your organization who has decision making authority will be asked to schedule a 30 minute interview with the AfricAid/GLAMI team between February 8-13.
PLEASE NOTE: If you think this programming is a great fit for your organization, we may be able to offer flexibility with this timeline. Please e-mail info [at] africaid.org to request a different submission deadline, with a brief explanation about why you need additional time.
Our aim is for our first pilot partner to be notified of acceptance and their forthcoming grant the week of February 27.