Empowering Girls is an app which allows an NGO to track girls attendance in school via text messages. A local representative from the school will send a text message to a central hub (smart phone at the NGO office). The central hub application is envisioned and built to run on any android smartphone that could be locally sourced and activated with a local cellular service provider. There is no reliance on 3rd party software or server resources to be set up.
The NGO can keep the smartphone in a centralized location and provide the phone number to volunteers/facilitators out in the field, who could text back their relevant data in a predetermined text (SMS) message (eg: KEYWORD;CENTERCODE;ATTENDANCE).
The text message will contain school location (via an assigned code) along with the number of girls in school that day. The data (from all of the schools) will be combined into a single file (a google fussion table) which will then be used to measure attendance rate over time. This will then be used to compare attendence rate (of girls) at the schools before and after intervention (the creation of appropriate sanitation facilities for female students) and charted as needed by the NGO representative. The phone application will also provide a copy of the data as a csv file stored on the smartphones memory card