WHO ARE WE?
Established in 2008, the Sunflower Foundation (Australia) Inc. was the first Australian micro-organization established to educate girls in developing communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has funded 26 projects in seven countries and given over $150,000.00 in grants. It has been gazetted by Treasury as an approved Overseas Aid Organization and registered with the Australian Charities and not-for-profits Commission. It is registered to fundraise in every state.
All donations to the Sunflower Foundation Public Fund are tax deductible.
We aim to empower girls and young women through education to create a world in which gender equality, justice and freedom can flourish.
Empower girls to:
benefit the whole community, promoting long-term sustainable outcomes.
end child marriage, child trafficking, and premature death resulting from teenage pregnancy
become part of the next generation of leaders who will work to end social and economic suffering.
Two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are women. This has to change. So we decided to do something about it.
We believe that education empowers women to overcome discrimination. Girls and young women who are educated have greater awareness of their rights, and greater confidence and freedom to make decisions that affect their lives, improve their own and their children’s health and chances of survival, and boost their work prospects. Educating girls lessens early marriages and high risk pregnancies and ultimately give girls a chance in life.
According to UNESCO, almost a quarter of young women aged 15-24 in developing countries have never completed primary school and so lack skills for work. We are acting for that quarter that should not be forgotten.
Educating girls is not only granting them this fundamental right, it is also an obvious solution in terms of economic impact. Educating girls is the fastest way to grow the GDP. Not just because women are earning more, but because they spend 90% of their income on their family – men typically spend 30-40%. Education can double womens' incomes as we've seen in Nullavour and Paravour. It diminishes the risk of intimate partner violence. It educates the next generation. It changes lives. It saves lives.
Education for girls tackles poverty at its roots.