Greenlight for Girls, asbl

Mission To encourage girls of any age of any background to consider and pursue math and science-related studies and careers by introducing them to the world of science in fun and exciting ways Objectives To increase the number of women in math and science occupations (science, math, engineering & technology = STEM) To create a network of girls so that they meet one another and form future friendships that will encourage them to reach their potential To create a link between girls and real scientists and mathematicians so they can explore dreams and possibilities for the future To provide an outlet for professionals, with particular emphasis on females in math, science and technology...
Apr 21, 2014

Science amazes children in the Congo, Italy & US!

Students are amazed at the experiment!
Students are amazed at the experiment!

We can't help but be inspired ourselves when we have the chance to make science come alive for new students that we meet.  These past few months have been a whirlwind of activity as we have had the chance to bring our hands-on science activities across the world... from activities in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and Detroit, Michigan... to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo... to Sondrio, Italy.  Plus, we can't wait to tell you in our next report about the activities and events we have in store for new locations in the world.

g4g is 4 years in.... operating on 5 contintents, engaged now 800 volunteers and reached more than 7000 children.  And, our story continues!!

Thank you for all your help to make this happen!  Each little amount that you can give helps us to reach more and more children - to inspire them to look to their future, to engage them in the fun and importance of math, science, engineer and technology and to encourage them to keep working hard and learning each and every day.

We are so touched by some recent messages from our g4g children and volunteers:

"You have made a difference in my life!  Now I will study metallurgical engineering and this will be of help to my region.", one lovely greenlight girl from a recent event

"Let me express the complete satisfaction of my company in taking part in the organization of the wonderful G4G day! I had the opportunity to meet wonderful persons and to get know the students, so motivated and positively involved in the workshops, even it was after-school hours!  These are experiences that can help Italian school to become better, to be more international and to open the minds of young people." an amazing workshop leader and supporter for our recent event in Italy

"I wanted to extend a big thank-you to both of you for creating such a wonderful experience for the girls in my class!  They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and couldn’t stop telling me all about the amazing experiments they partook in during the day.  The event was truly inspiring and many of them are now looking forward to careers as scientists, engineers, and one student has confirmed she wants to be a journalist (after being interviewed by the media crew that were there).   Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!", a great role-model and science teacher about our activity with her class

Our event in Kinshasa DRC
Our event in Kinshasa DRC
Night with the stars - in the sky - in the US!
Night with the stars - in the sky - in the US!
Super enthusiastic g4g kids in Italy
Super enthusiastic g4g kids in Italy
Learning practical science in Africa
Learning practical science in Africa
Apr 21, 2014

Science Library starts in the Cameroon!

The books have arrived in the Cameroon!!
The books have arrived in the Cameroon!!

The children in a country school & orphanage in Cameroon are so happy to receive their new science books!!  Thanks to the collection of science books at our latest greenlight for girls day in Brussels, Belgium, we had 50 books ready to send to our partner in Cameroon.

For each of our partners throughout the world, we identify what types of books are of need to the rural schools and orphanages that we reach.  In the case of Cameroon, the request was for children's books in French and English that engaged the children to learn about science from the youngest age possible.  In their school system, unfortunately science topics are not taught until after the age of 15 years, so they wanted to have an impact to the children at a younger age to already prepare both their interest and their initial learning.

Mission accomplished for our first delivery of books!!  Thank you for helping us to make this happen!

We have 100 books ready to go to 2 new countries in Africa -- help us to raise fund for the shipping costs to get them into the hands of more children eager to learn and discover new ideas.

Mar 26, 2014

Rickshaws, Dreaming & Physics Class: giving a greenlight for girls in science in India!

Some special science girls
Some special science girls

We have met some special greenlight children in India, many in fact, – but, we specifically have 8 special girls in mind when we are reflecting on this now.  These are the first of our scholarship recipients for greenlight for girls - and it is because of all of you that they have the opportunity to pursue their dreams to study at University!  Here is the latest report of these special girls...

G4g India Director, Dr Chandana Bhattacharya, and g4g Founder, Melissa Rancourt, met in Bangalore, India in January to meet our g4g Rickshaw team, to dream and plan about our next steps in India and to meet these special scholarship girls to talk about many things… especially Physics Class!  First, for all of you who have been watching the adventures of Leslie & Antoine, our awesome Rickshaw team, as they posted their stories on Facebook these past four weeks…. we have news.  They made it across the finish line!!  This amazing pair decided to take their holiday to venture from the North of India to the South India in an auto-rickshaw (decked out in beautiful “green”-ery decorations) and to try to make it to the finish line in less than 3 weeks.  This adventure was to also raise money for our special 8 girls in India to make it possible for this semester’s university tuition to be paid so these girls could continue their education…. and they accomplished this as well!  Go team!  Take a look on-line for more information about their adventures, their learnings – and then finally the special moment when they had the chance to meet the girls they were helping. 

January is a great time for dreaming, for planning for the future.  Chandana and Melissa did just this during their time together in India.  Look for news about our upcoming Science Festival with Parikrma in Bangalore, bringing g4g and our scholarship girls into the classroom of younger students, our work with children from the rural areas of Rajasthan and our plans to work in Calcutta.  Would you like to be a part of our work in India?  Just let us know! 

It’s amazing what can happen in only one year.  Chandana and Melissa had this incredible opportunity to experience a transformation in a few special children we know.  Just one year ago, they remember interviewing the potential greenlight for girls scholarship recipients.  These very shy girls spoke very quietly about their dreams and aspirations.  For some of them, they were just learning to speak English so the words were difficult to find – but we could see a special spark in their eyes.  Fast forward the clock to one year later and we almost didn’t recognise them!  Where was the shyness, the hesitation to speak in English?  Almost completely gone!  Our g4g scholarship winners were bubbling with enthusiasm and spoke to us non-stop about their studies, what it was like to be in university, being in class with other young women and men, and tackling these STEM subjects head-on.  We encouraged lots of conversation about the challenges with the coursework and plans (and uncertainty) for the future.  One of our conversations centered around physics class (so, you see, this is just like conversations we have all over the world!).  One of the girls spoke about how she didn’t quite like Physics… and another immediately said, “then, you haven’t found the fun yet!”   And with that, she reached in her backpack and pulled out everyday objects that people were throwing away – some string, a paper cup, an unused balloon and so on – and she immediately demonstrated Newton’s and Boyle’s Laws with the items in hand.  She made the theory come alive and she made it very practical.  This was most definitely a greenlight girl. 

As with every opportunity we have in our work with greenlight for girls, we were awestruck, inspired and full of energy for more great ideas ahead.

Thank you for your incredible support!!!

Talking about dreams
Talking about dreams
New friends
New friends
The little ones learning
The little ones learning
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