HOPE places special attention on overcoming the barriers that prevent women and girls from obtaining literacy education and gaining access to economic opportunities. To reduce cultural barriers, HOPE hired its first female teacher, is building separate latrines for boys and girls, and plans to make uniforms affordable in the near future by producing them in the school. The Foundation is also involved in projects such as building water wells so that girls are able to spend their day in the classroom rather than performing traditional cultural roles such as fetching water for their households. Additionally, HOPE is responding to the needs of the women in the village by providing vocational training and microfinance opportunities. Together, these efforts increase girls’ attendance in school and empower women so that all citizens are able to contribute to and benefit from the opportunities of an improved society.