Our Mission: To Change Girls' Lives through the Gift of Education

  • 115 girls in 4 countries
    Currently: Kenya & Uganda (99.7%) Formerly: Haiti and Peru (.3%)
  • Every single student who boards is fed three meals a day
  • Our funding includes textbooks, uniforms, shoes and school supplies. We also cover national testing fees
  • Our funding of students at St. Aloysius in Nairobi's Kibera slum includes bread and milk in the morning and a hot lunch. This is the only food most students will have all day
  • The majority of our students are in boarding schools which keeps them safe and increases their academic success and graduation rate
  • We’ve shipped over 250 lbs. of sewing supplies to Uganda and have encouraged students to begin their own entrepreneurial ventures
  • We hope to secure a grant in 2017 to send a shipment of products, trims, headbands, fabrics and sewing supplies for high school grads in the year between graduation and college admission notifications.
  • We've provided funding for a pre-school teacher's salary at the Shining Hope School in Kenya
  • For 40 girls who have their own families or must work to help support family or relatives, we've funded entrepreneurial and leadership training. Over 78% have started a business, another 9% are saving to do so, and the remaining are employed
  • With help from The Barat Foundation, we've funded a pre-school teacher's salary at Shining Hope School for Girls in Nairobi's Kibera slum
  • We've funded LifeSkills Workshops for Maasai students in Kenya that teach important health and sanitation practices. These educational workshops also focus on a girl's right to attend school and on ending the horrific and illegal practice of FGM.
  • We also fund workshops for Elders and Mothers that focus on the financial benefits of educating daughters, the cruelty of FGM and the legal rights of daughters to refuse FGM.

About - Mary Grace: A Social Entrepreneur's Story

Mary Gracy Henry

Mary Grace Henry wanted to make a life-changing difference for one girl by helping that girl go to school. She made that decision when she was just 12 and was determined to find a way to pay for it herself. She asked for an early birthday present – a sewing machine – and taught herself how to make reversible headbands. Mary Grace called her business “Reverse The Course,” hoping her reversible headbands would “reverse the course” of one girl’s life. So began Reverse The Course, LLC.

100% OF HER BUSINESS PROFITS FUND EDUCATION FOR IMPOVERISHED, MARGINALIZED GIRLS

Once Mary Grace's accessories began to sell well, Reverse The Course Foundation, Inc. was started. She also provides primary school support for girls at risk of FGM, early marriage or abuse. 95% of our secondary school students are in boarding schools and funding includes tuition, boarding fees, uniforms and textbooks. Mary Grace commits to support a girl for her entire secondary school education whenever possible -- four years in Kenya and six years in Uganda. Additionally, funds are provided for innovative entrepreneurial programs as well as workshops to address cultural transitions.

Mary Grace’s dream to “reverse the course” of one girl’s life has grown and continues to thrive. She has designed more than 200 hair accessories, and, as an Ambassador for Girl Rising, she created the International Day of the Girl Collection. Recently she has added customized spirit items for schools: bows, pony tail holders, sports bands and ribbon balls. All are in school colors and can incorporate school logos, sports symbols or mascots. She hopes to expand school sales and activate students throughout the country. Reverse The Course has sold over 16,000 products and plans to expand sales across the country next year.

Though Mary Grace’s goal is to change the lives of girls halfway across the world, she, too, has been changed. Her work has broadened her understanding of herself and the world. As a social entrepreneur, she’s grown in her ability to communicate and lead, employ technology and expand her business -- all while continuing to passionately advocate for girls without a voice.

In 2014, Mary Grace received the prestigious The World of Children Award, known as the Nobel Prize for Children’s Advocacy. Mary Grace is often invited to inspire others by speaking about social entrepreneurship and her mission to change girls’ lives through the gift of education. Mary Grace has just completed her sophomore year at the University of Notre Dame.

Locations where Reverse The Course
Currently Supports Girls' Education

Locations where Reverse The Course supports girls' education