Happy May 1st, STF supporters!

We have a huge announcement that we’ve been just bursting to tell you: We have two brand new partners! This means you can now sponsor girls in The Gambia and in Peru, bringing our global reach to ten countries and four continents. We’re expanding to new countries because this year alone, you’ve sponsored almost as many students as we sponsored all year in 2012. That’s a huge rate of growth, and we’re making sure we can keep up with you!

Here’s a little bit more about each of our new partners. (And of course, you can read about all of our partners on our directory page.)

Sacred Valley Project, Peru
The Sacred valley Project is a dormitory set up for students who come from Quechua­-speaking rural communities. The students stay at the dormitory and participate in artisanal workshops as well as nutrition and healthy cooking classes. They have weekly seminars on social issues and personal development, and professional tutors come in to give extra support in foundational subjects such as math, Spanish, and communications. They’re also implementing a peer-mentorship model for social support. Learn more here.

Starfish International, The Gambia
Starfish International is a mentorship program for girls attending secondary school in Lamin, The Gambia, where the average family lives on less than $1 per day. The goal is to instill the girls with five core values: Nobility, Independence, Courtesy, Knowledge, and Service. Each sponsored student receives academic tutoring and also learns entrepreneurial skills while she starts her own small business in one of these six areas: Soap-making, lotion-making, lip balm making, vegetable-gardening, photography, or bee-keeping. Learn more here.

We’ll be profiling the first two supporters to sponsor a full tuition at each of our new partners, and we can’t wait for you to get to know the students there (and vice versa). Let us know if you have any questions in the comments!