Girls’ Education Fund launched by MIA Chocolate
Ethical chocolate brand MIA has launched the Girls’ Education Fund as part of its ‘1 for Change’ programme which aims to support vulnerable African students.
Sponsored students, identified and monitored in partnership with UK charity Money for Madagascar, receive a monthly sum to pay for school fees, a healthy school lunch and healthcare.
Typically, girls are impacted by the education crisis in Madagascar as they are usually the first to be removed from school to help with chores and support family income.
MIA set up The Girls’ Education Fund to try and tackle this negative trend and to demonstrate the value of girls’ education.
MIA Co-founder Sarah said: "MIA works with African communities to craft delicious value-added chocolate that can bring positive benefit to communities beyond the supply chain. In the process of delivering on the brand promises, we want to make the human connection between consumers and producer communities.
“Knowing how valuable education has been in my life, both professionally and personally, I am really excited to see MIA support the academic journeys of young women in Africa".
In supporting the lives of young women with great potential, the Girls' Education Fund contributes to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5 for Quality Education and Gender Equality respectively.