Supporting the education and economic empowerment of women and girls through advocacy, outreach activities, and community services.
The Obong Belton Foundation was founded in the fall of 2018 by Thérésa Obong and Co-Founder Zekeera Belton. After reading several articles and research studies that highlighted the educational disparities that affected women and young girls in Africa, the pair decided to figure out how they could make a difference abroad and in their own backyard. Many girls are being denied an education because of discriminatory policies and practices. Some of the significant factors that contribute to many countries not guaranteeing equal education for boys and girls are pregnancies, adolescent marriages, menstrual cycles, and a lack of support for school fees. We also understood the importance of supporting the economic empowerment of women. Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth.
Through fundraising, public and private grants, we aim to raise the funds needed to meet our goals and offer services to women and young girls in Sub-Saharan Africa and in our own backyard here in the US.