The Maiden Factor Foundation

When you educate a girl, ‘eradication of world poverty becomes possible’ and you;

  • > Educate her family and community, improving the socio-economic status of her and her country
  • > Reduce infant mortality rates
  • > Reduce child marriage by 64%
  • > Reduce early births by 59%
  • > Reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS and other global viruses
  • > Increase women’s enormous potential to contribute to the bio-diversity conversation, development of sustainable industry and farming and climate activism



What happens when you educate a girl?

The Maiden Factor Foundation is the charitable arm of The Maiden Factor and benefits from her ongoing three-year world tour with the mission of ‘inspiring and empowering women and girls to reach their potential through education and bringing awareness of gender inequality, specifically for disenfranchised women and girls globally with no access to education, to give them the fighting chance they deserve’.

The Maiden Factor Foundation engages with, fundraises for and supports communities and groups who wish to enable girls into education and to help them remain in education until 18 years old.

Maiden visits each destination on the world tour for various lengths of time and activities include;

Open Day for local schools during which thousands of children visit the boat to learn about sailing around the world. The children are also inspired by the all-female crew who sail on the boat.

School Visits are conducted at a number of local schools and the crew and team do a presentation that is designed to encourage and inspire the girls and teach about sailing.

Outreach days are spent engaging with disadvantaged communities and working with local organisations.

Messages of Hope - A selection of schools at each stop are selected to write Messages of Hope. These are then taken on board Maiden to the next stop/country and also added to our website.

Hands on the Spinnaker - Children are invited to place their handprints on the spinnaker sail which is seen all over the world.

Screenings - We hold screenings of our BAFTA nominated film Maiden ( depicting Maiden’s historic race 30 years ago) with Q&A afterwards for the children.

Sailing - We take thousands of people out sailing at stops, with a focus on girls, where they see first hand, examples of the opportunities that engaging with STEM subjects can offer

Online Resources - Resources focusing on the collaboration of communities and encouraging girls into STEM are currently being developed and will launch when Maiden resumes her world tour.


The Milebuilders Program is open to women aged 18+. This program provides women the opportunity to apprentice on Maiden during one or more legs of Maiden’s journey. Specifically, the program provides learning to sail lessons and sailing experience, mentorship, and guidance on the Yachtmaster guidelines during the time the woman is onboard Maiden. Maiden can take up to four women at a time as Milebuilders and each woman sails one or more legs of Maiden’s journey.

US: 501 (c) (3) EIN 84-2562795
UK: Charity number 1160746


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