Our youth leaders live in five communities all within the Department of Solola. This department ranks among the nation’s lowest rates of school enrollment and advancement to the next grade and the effects ripple out across society: 20% of the Solola population suffers from chronic malnutrition, 43% of girls are physically stunted, 57% of the population lives in extreme poverty, and the majority of people have just one dollar to spend on food every day.

Against this backdrop of struggle and injustice lies a generation of teenagers who are eager to work hard for a brighter future. Participants in our Leaders & Readers Program are committed, resourceful, and generous individuals whom we are excited to support as they pave a path of prosperity for themselves and their communities.