Putting girls in charge of their own lives

The Shonglap educational programme aims to overcome to problem of child brides in Bangladesh, with backing from Norway’s Strømme Foundation and the Kavli Trust. Seventy-five per cent of Bangladeshi girls are married off as children. Although illegal, this has a practical aspect in a poor country – the younger the bride, the smaller the dowry.

Providing a route out of poverty

The Bungano upper secondary school – the first of the kind in its area – is being constructed in Malawi with help from the Kavli Trust. Norwegian Ole Grønn-Hagen and his nephew Arnstein Bjørke have been building schools, sinking wells and planting trees in this south-east African country since 2006. The Grønn-Hagen Bjørke Malawi Foundation