GlobeMed at the Ohio State University partners with Komera in Kayonza, Rwanda to advance girls' education, access to opportunities, and well-being.
GlobeMed at OSU + KOMERA
GlobeMed at the Ohio State University | Columbus, Ohio
KOMERA | Kayonza, Rwanda
In Rwanda, Komera, means “be strong and courageous.” Komera builds self-confident young women through education, community, and sport. When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. It has been proven that an extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent, and an extra year of secondary school by 15 to 25 percent.
About the Partnership
GlobeMed at OSU recently partnered with Komera to support programs to advance girls’ education, access to opportunities, and well-being. To date, Komera has worked with 88 young women impacting over 500 family members. With the average annual per capita income of $560, families in Rwanda would not have the ability to cover the annual school fees of $500. The Komera scholars are attending boarding schools, which alleviates the cost of home care (food, clothing, healthcare). On average, the grades of the Komera scholars have improved by 10% to date, but this is only part of the story. Many of the students have been taken out of abject poverty and have never had the opportunity to attend school on a consistent basis. Through interviews with the Komera scholars, they show a consistent increase in happiness and hope for the future.
This partnership is newly formed and the students and the partner are collaborating to identify a targeted area of support. Komera hopes that the girls in the Komera scholars program would form long-term friendships with students in the GlobeMed at OSU chapter.
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