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Our Impact

Since our founding in 2004, 525 girls have been supported by REAL
(including the 165 currently in the program).


years of
education added
(beyond 5th grade).


of REAL girls
have completed
the program.


of REAL girls
continue on to
college or university.

*In Ethiopia Technical College refers to two or three years after the 10th grade in which students are trained in fields such as nursing, accounting, teaching, information technology, tourism.


Watch REAL Board Secretary
Bontu Galaata's reflections on the transformative impact of REAL after her first visit to REAL sites in January 2023.

When I was 13 years old, I was responsible for taking care of my family. It was hard to learn because I can’t pay my school fee in time and study due to work load. That was the worst moment of my life, but thanks to REAL I can pay my fees and fulfill what I need in order to keep my education and even help my family a little bit. REAL makes me a little shooting star—all my family believes on me. Now I am 5th year Mechanical Engineering student. as we know mechanical engineering field is not advisable for female students, but look at me I made it!"


REAL participant, Burayu Kata, Ethiopia, started in 2006.

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