Girls Education Mission International Renews Partnership, Signed 5 Years Agreement with TY Danjuma Foundation


Earlier today, Girls Education Mission International (GEM) and TY Danjuma Foundation (TYDF) renewed their annual partnership to Five years. Speaking during the event, The Chief Executive Officer of the TYDF stated that the Foundation’s new strategic shift from an annual to a multi year partnership approach aimed at building long-lasting, impactful and sustainable partnerships.

While receiving the grant agreement today 10th February 2023 at Hilton Transcorp Hotel Abuja, the Executive Director of GEM Mrs. Keturah Shammah louds the Foundation’s effort in organizing the project inception meeting which according to the CEO of TYDF, was “an avenue for the Foundation and its partners to lay the groundwork for effective and efficient implementation of mutually conceptualized life-touching projects to reach over 3 million Nigerians in 5 years.

He stressed that “in view of the new strategy, the inception meeting was a vital onboarding process for grantees to imbibe the specifics and requirements for achieving the Foundation’s strategic goals and objectives for the 5-year period”


Within the past 4 years, GEM has partnered with TYDF to improve access to quality education most especially for girls in Plateau State through its “Girls Education Now Or Never”  and “Linking Teachers Welfare With Quality And Standard” projects. These projects has enabled GEM to provide scholarships, Sanitary Pad and mentorship to over 100 girls, trained over 200 teachers and education quality assurance officers and donated textbooks, whiteboard, markers and dusters to over 100 school across the 17 LGAs of Plateau.

The renewed long term partnership will scale the project to other states in the Northeast Nigeria where access to quality education most especially for girls is difficult. For the next five years, through the “Quality Education For Lifelong Learning” project, GEM will work to help ensure access to quality education in Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe and Borno States.

GIRLS EDUCATION MISSION INTERNATIONAL NAMED “2022 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT” for the 8th time in a row” by GreatNonprofits


Girls Education Mission International announced today it has been named a “2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading website for community recommendations of charities and nonprofits.

GEM provides girls with resources, tools, and experiences they need access quality education resulting in them reaching full human potentials in Nigeria and Africa “We are honored to be named a 2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” says Keturah Shammah, Executive Director, GEM. We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including been top rated for eight time in row this year.


The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that GEM received from volunteers, donors, and aid recipients. “I am Lydia Ngu. Girls Education Mission International has helped me personally and professionally through life skills, training which have helped me improve my learning”.
GEM is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with GEM.”

Girls Education Mission International is committed to providing girls with tools, resources and experiences they need to access quality education and hereby reach full human potentials. Visit



EDUCATION: The Agony of Nigerian Girls

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October 11 is International Day of the Girl. Education is a matter of human rights, social justice and liberty —a fact made even more profound this year under the theme; “Our Time is Now – Our Rights, Our Future” how “Girls around the world continue to face unprecedented challenges to their education…”

In Nigeria, Boko Haram have targeted EDUCATION in recent years through acts of kidnapping, rape, and murder of school children. One demographic that has been repeatedly targeted is young women. Nigerian girls are in a distressed condition right now. Young women and girls from the Northern region have not had it easy over the years. Their education has been attacked. They are being kidnapped, raped and killed in large numbers right in their homes, schools and communities.


In April 2014, 276 Chibok girls were kidnapped and over 100 of them are still in Boko Haram’s captivity. In February 2018, another set of 110 girls from Dapchi community were abducted. Many of these girls kept in different camps held by Boko Haram are force to marry on account of their being in school to acquire education to better their lives and that of their families and communities.


Today, International Day of the Girl, Girls Education Mission International (GEM) call for more and better support in funding and protection for the right to education of girls. It’s essential that the world know of the agony of girls in Nigeria and to commit to supporting girls because the structural and systemic violence targeted at girls on a daily basis makes it additionally difficult for parents to prioritize the education of girls, and gross violation of their human right to education and development.

The happiest #DayofTheGirl gift Nigerian girls could wish for is to have their Government, Donors agencies and Philanthropic individuals act deliberately and decisively to secure their rights and future by ensuring successful enrollment, retention and completion of their education in a safe and conducive environment. It is more dangerous to have girls experiencing denial of their rights including the access and continuation of their education.

For the past 11 years, as an organization committed to defending, protecting, and promoting rights to education of girls, GEM amidst scanty resources through the ‘Girls Education Now or Never’ project have been providing girls with integrated package of education and mentoring support that ensure their access to quality education and economic empowerment.

In context of the International Day of the Girl, we urge the Nigerian government, international community and all relevant stakeholders to do more for the plight of girls whose age and gender subordinates them at home, school and community and are committed to being resilient and hard working towards being productive against the overwhelming odds. We call on Philanthropic organizations, individuals and donor agencies to take action by supporting the work of Girls Education Mission International towards securing the future of our teeming girls.

Keturah Shammah
Executive Director
Girls Education Mission International
Tuesday October 11, 2022


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After successful completion of the Globalgiving virtual site visit, Girls Education Mission International (GEM) work has been verified by a member of Globalgiving (GG) community.

The recognition was after a successful completion of 5 days long virtual site visit where Globalgiving (GG) confirmed that GEM performs charitable work in a transparent and accountable manner, and the organization is able to meet local requirements for registration with the government and relevant bodies. The visit which took place between 13th-19th May 2022 had a GG Field program senior associate and site visit contractor who engaged with staff and beneficiaries for the purpose to learn better about GEM work and strengthen the relationship between the two organizations, provide support and resources on fundraising through GG. 

For the past 5 years, GEM has been a superstar partner of Globalgiving after a due diligence was carried out where the organization’s financial records, program materials, and lists of senior staff and board members were collected and reviewed by the Globalgiving community in order to validate that GEM is running its projects as described. GEM’s capacity to implement activities and communicate about its work has also been evaluated and research on the organization’s relationship with previous funders including the organization’s compliant with anti-terror guidelines and international guidelines for philanthropy was also carried out by the Globagiving.

Girls Education Mission International is a nonprofit organization with best practice in education of girls and empowerment of young women whose work has been vetted, top rated, top-ranked and named effective both locally and internationally. When you make donations to our project on GlobalGiving, we send you quarterly project reports, including activities, accomplishments, and results of our projects to-date so you can see how your donation is being used and what progress has been made. You can make a safe and secure donation using this link  from any part of the world using Credit card, Debit card or PayPal. “At GEM, we deliver resilient, highly efficient and ultimately sustainable programs that truly serve the need of our community and multiply the impact of donor investment.,” said Founder and Executive Director of GEM – Ms. Keturah Shammah.


Globalgiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community for nonprofits in 165+ countries. the crowdfunding community has raised more than $200 million from more than 500,000 donors for more than 14,000 locally driven projects. 

GEM International Conferred “AFRICA LIVES DEVELOPMENT AWARD” for Community Service and Impact


In a letter of conferment singed by the Africa Skills Center , it was written in part…

“Congratulations. This is to inform you that after thorough background check, the board of Africa Skills Centre, South Africa has approved your Conferment with the Africa Lives Development Award. Nominees for these Award were screened from about 48 Countries using their local communities 

achievements and impact as the Criteria. Integrity was highly considered in the Screening process as well. We are glad to let you know that you came out outstandingly well fulfilling the above Criteria according to our screening committee. This is our own way of saying thank you for giving back to the Society, you gave people hope and reasons to live, thank you for being an Agent of change….”

Africa Skills Center is an International nonprofit organization based in South Africa. The International awards were created to promote high standards and also to increase African Skills and standard of living. I

Responding to the conferment, The Executive Director Girls Education Mission International (GEM) Mrs Keturah Shammah congratulated all staff members of GEM by saying “this award is for us all that make things work at GEM. The content defines each and everyone of us. This particular recognition is a springboard for us to remain steadfast in maintaining and protecting our name ‘model Non-profit Organization’, no matter the circumstances….” She  went further to say that; “I am glad that we are recognized for our local community achievements, impact and integrity. We are being appreciated for giving back to the society, giving people hope and reasons to live. we are honored for becoming agents of change”.

Shammah concluded by saying “there is hope and future for each and everyone making it possible sacrificially at GEM”. Board members and Staff are indeed thrilled by the award and are committed to doing more to ensure that girls and women have a better life.