Our Mission

The mission of Every Girl is Important is to help girls obtain a high school education and break the cycle of poverty in their community. Every Girl is Important, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is seeking partners: charitable organizations, businesses, foundations, policymakers, celebrities, teachers, students, and grassroots activists to fundraise and educate.

Our non-profit organization, Every Girl is Important, was recently established to promote the education of underserved girls in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Central and South America, and Africa. Our main project to date is to establish a residential school in Eldoret, Kenya, for the purpose of assisting adolescent girls to have an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty in their community.

Project in Kenya

Every Girl is Important is helping Kenyan girls obtain a high school education. This project seeks to build a boarding school for girls ages 11-17 in Eldoret, Kenya. We believe in educating girls who face barriers to education that boys do not. Giving girls in Kenya, one of the poorest countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, a secondary education can change their lives, villages, country, and the world. Let's work together to build a self-sustaining boarding high school for girls to dismantle the barriers that impede their academic growth and improve their lives and communities.

Progress in education is not reaching the marginalized.

There are many young adolescent girls who do not have an opportunity to pursue high school education. These girls we seek to serve are born into poverty in villages surrounding Eldoret, Kenya, a town near the border with Uganda. Many of the girls who will attend the school live in villages located a long distance from Eldoret, the site of the high school. For this reason, we would like the girls to live on school grounds. The girls are willing to make valuable contributions to society and should have the opportunity to spend their youth as high school students. The nuns and the girls' families cannot afford to build the school and thus they need your help. They need a school in which they can gain knowledge and dispositions needed to build a thriving community. These girls will receive an education delivered by professional educators in the Sisters of Our Lady of Assumption congregation.


Need for the Project

Today in Kenya, one million children are unable to attend school representing the ninth-highest percent of children not being schooled worldwide. There is a high percent of the adult population that is not able to read or write due to the lack of schools or the accessibility of schools closer to the children’s neighborhoods. The need is even greater for secondary education access, forcing a significant number of school children to drop school after just six years. For girls, opportunities for secondary schooling are limited since many of them live in villages located at long distances from schools. Making a self-sustaining boarding high school for girls is one of the most practical ways of providing secondary schooling to those girls, creating a space where they can both live and thrive. In Eldoret, there are no secondary schools available for girls. To ensure inclusive and equitable education, and provide opportunities for Kenyan girls age 11-17 who live in poor, rural villages and are denied one of the most important basic needs, an education, the Assumption Sisters of Eldoret and Every Girl is Important Not-for-Profit Association have embarked on starting a girls secondary boarding school. Our Lady of Assumption Girls Secondary School will serve orphans and vulnerable, financially-challenged girls living in poor, rural villages surrounding Eldoret, Kenya. Although the Assumption Sisters have the educators/teachers, curriculum, and land, they do not have the building to house this school. The projected building will cost $100,000.00.

Despite progress, millions are still denied the chance to go to school.

Architectural Design of the School

Construction is set to begin as soon as we reach $50,000. We anticipate that construction will be completed in 2020 or 2021. The architect is working pro bono to ensure that the school is finished on the estimated timeline. The architect's plan appears below.

Leadership Team

Diane Rodriguez, Ph.D., Project Director
Email: drodriguez11@fordham.edu Phone: 212-636-7070

Sister Veronica Rop, Ph.D., Project Co-Director

Bernice Moro, Ph.D., Consultant

Angela Carrasquillo, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Fordham University

Carola Grundman, Co-founder, Pusteblume International Preschool

Hilary Guberman, Editor

Tamara Miller, Esq. Attorney at Law

Lissette Rodriguez, Consultant

Gloria Pelaez, Ed.D.,  Dean and Professor, St. Thomas University

Socorro Herrera, Ed.D.,  Professor, Kansas State University

Silvia Cabrera, Social Media Coordinator

Carlos Rosario, Project Coordinator

Bradley Bixler, Media Specialist

Gerald Cattaro, Ph.D., Professor, Fordham University

Ken Luterbach, Ph.D., Associate Professor, East Carolina University, Webmaster

Currently planning a gala to be held November 15, 2019.

Details to be revealed soon.


Educational Immersion

On May 26, 2019, Enfoque, a show that airs on Telemundo, ran the interview of students in the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Fordham University and Diane in which they shared their experiences in Kenya. With partners in Kenya, Diane planned and implemented a series of educational immersion experiences for GSE students.


GSE Students Visit Kenyan Schools

Fordham News Story


Telemundo News Story, May 15, 2019

This news segment describes the project to build a high school for girls in Eldoret, Kenya. The video includes interviews with Diane and Sister Veronica, as well as scenes of students in Eldoret.


Alumnae Association of Sigma Lambda Gamma

The New York City Alumnae Association of Sigma Lambda Gamma, along with bloggers Ashley Rodriguez and Nelia Rodriguez, organized the Beauty Brunch event to raise money for the Every Girl Is Important project to build a high school for girls in Eldoret, Kenya. Ashley and Nelia secured sponsorships from beauty brands for swag bags and raffles. Attendees enjoyed brunch, swag bags, and learned more about the project to further education for girls.




Sponsoring Patrons

Bernie Williams
Tamara Miller
Stephanie Al Otaiba
Benjamin Borsodi
Bernice Moro
Kelly Anson
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Contributing Patrons

Angela Reyes
Erica Lambke
Cathy Kea
Terry Cortelli
Nicholas Hamilton
Joanne Jiménez
Eva Garcia
Brenda Breslauer
Lucia Buttaro
Linda Hosrik
Rogelio Fernandez
Kelly Mines
Elizabeth Ijalba
Peter Kca
Jose Reguero
Todd V. Fletcher
Milanee Kapadia
Michael Faggella Luby
Sephanie Corcino
Jane Manner
Juan Morales Flores
Peishi Wang
Sara Wolf
Sanhya Nankani
Arlene Rodriguez
Silvia Cabrera
Dolores Pogue
Nicole Cachia
Sundus Kubba
Elena Hayward
Erica Hoffman
Elzbieta Prsuzynska
Kayla Sorin
David Condé
Fernando Loiza
Rene Parmer
Em Maslak
Shondel Nero
Nanahara Luduvico
Dennis Rosaro
Juvencio Rocha Peralta
Juan Pablo Servin
Josephine Mangual
Cate Crawley
Marcos Rodriguez
Juan Servin
Shabina Kavimandan
Mayra Shireman
Hadley Marshall
Shabina Kvaimandan
Janisse Martinez
Socorro Herrera
Oneyda Paneque
Raul Perez
Patria Santana
Bob Rose
Gloria Pelaez
Yesenia Santa Pacheco
Arnold Cope
Luz Torres
Geraldine Arquer
Su Je Cho
Sarah Hurdelbrink
Philip Bixler
Karen Voytecki
Leonor Corchado
Esmeralda Rodriguez
Lisandra Padron Perez
Maria Torres
Paul Omerink
Benjamin Luterbach
Belinda Rodriguez
Myraida Hamiliton
Matthew Quinn
Queen Quinn
Virginia Roach
Patricia Shea-Bischoff
Angela Choate
Sabino Peralta
Cathy Kea
Henry Gates
Jackeline Guerra
Graciela Berumen
Nancy Kole
Judy Porter
Melissa John
Wendly Pagan
Shantavia Inabinet
Erika Rivera
Anthony Liuzzi
Stanley Trent
Judy Shampanier
Rene Parmar
Jennifer Chinn
Xinyue Lu
Carola Grundmann
Maya Jordan
Erica Lembke
Margaret Plaza
Belen Castres White
Linda Rosa-Lugo
Shawn Post
Abby Baruch
Deirdre Danaher
Eva Garcia
Marshall George
Francine Blumberg
Joe Kazemi

We also appreciate the patronage of anonymous donors.

Dr. Diane Rodriguez

Email: everygirlisimportant@gmail.com
Phone: 212-636-7070