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...
Jan 10, 2014

Report of our g4g events in Belgium.

Children decorating Christmas Ornaments
Children decorating Christmas Ornaments

Our 4th annual g4g day @ Brussels was held at the International School of Brussels and we welcomed 180 girls and 60 volunteers for a fun day of science. This year some of the workshops were run by greenlight girls themselves in which they prepared interactive science labs to engage students aged 11 - 15 years old. The day consisted of workshops from all areas of 'STEM' - Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering such as DNA extraction of fruits, Design your dream house, Invent and save the world, Visual Programming with Penguins, Breakdown and Rebuild a computer and learning about careers in STEM. Also new this year was our Science Library corner in which participants were invited to inscribe a message in a science book that will be sent to Uganda and Cameroon to start science libraries in local orphanages and schools. 

A few special items to mention that made this event even more special…

 For the first time ever in g4g history (that is – if an organization as young as ours can already have a history) – some greenlight girls from previous events were workshop leaders at the mature age of 15+.  What was amazing was that they came to us with this idea – and this has given the inspiration to the participants to ask if they can do the same next year.  Their workshops were well prepared, the science was clearly explained and the participants enjoyed the hands-on learning that they presented.

We were very lucky to have RadioX at the event for a live broadcast during the entire day – many girls volunteered to give their views about science on the air and we cannot wait to share the final product with you!

Enthusiastic ISB Teacher, Nikki Vreugdenhil, implored us to allow her younger students to join as they were so excited about science – so for the first time for our Brussels event, we had a small group of 9-year olds participate in our 11-15year old event.  They ended up being the most confident and vocal in our last session when we asked the girls to speak in the plenary session to tell us what they learned.  One of the littlest of girls, whose lab coat dragged on the floor behind her, ‘Princess Scientist’ was one of the most outspoken girls in the entire event and loved to share her learning with everyone (and an amusing anecdote that our volunteers loved… we asked her if she wanted to be interviewed on the Radio and she told us, “Oh, that’s okay – I’ve already been on the radio many, many times”).

We also got a chance to hear how the man from the photonics workshop went and picked germs off the street (“yuukkyyy”) and then went on to tell us how fast germs move in water!

 And just a last message from everyone, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152253097277262&set=vb.151369344889171&type=2&theater

Also in December, we held a fundraising event, the Winter Science Social: 

Earlier in December, we help a small Christmas gathering and a second in our series of Science Socials, the Winter Science Social. We had a mixture of activities available for guests such as wine tasting thanks to Alfonso and his wines from Spain. Some Chutnney Tasting from Diane and the presentation of her book "the taste of Molecules". We also had a presentation of Photographs from photopgraphic students! For the kids we had a 'x-mas ornament' decoration corner. We also raffled off some great gifts for xmas. We raised a little funding but still need to raise plenty more, so please help us my sharing with your family and friends and being updated on our work and what we do. 

If you are located in Brussels you can even come and visit us or volunteer with us on a project! Just email us on info@greenlightforgirls.org. 

 


g4g day
g4g day
labcoat decoration
labcoat decoration
girls doing experiments
girls doing experiments
Melissa, our founder giving the girls some advice
Melissa, our founder giving the girls some advice
many many girls - 1 lab - making science happen!
many many girls - 1 lab - making science happen!
Dec 19, 2013

Our scholarship students continue to excel in their studies!

The girls after their BOSCH visit
The girls after their BOSCH visit

“We love to study!”, says our greenlight girls scholarship recipients when we see them.  In the midst of their studies, we arranged a very special visit on 5th October – a trip to see behind-the-scenes at the Bosch manufacturing plant in Bangalore.  Our scholarship girls were provided a special tour of the plant by Bosch leadership.  The girls were in absolute awe of the opportunity.   Dr. Chandana Bhattacharya, who is the project director for g4g global scholarships, received a very special note from the girls – not only showing their appreciation but also demonstrating their amazing progress in learning English within a few short months. 

“Chandana Madam gave us a wonderful opportunity to visit a beautiful company BOSCH, so that I am very thank full to Chandana madam.  When madam told us that the BOSCH visit is on 05.10.2013 Saturday, I was very excited and very eager to see the BOSCH because I never visited such a big industry. When we reached the BOSCH company Mr. Hanumantha Rao welcomed us and then we started our journey of BOSCH, He first told us about the history of Robert BOSCH who is the founder of BOSCH, then sir showed us about the BOSCH company’s First products, and then we went to other branch’s and there we saw the manufacturing of machines that used in tractors, Engines etc., Mr. Hanumanth Rao explained very nicely about all branches, And one unique thing that we found in BOSCH is cleanliness each branch is like a ICU, it is very clean. The BOSCH is giving separate attention for the healthcare of its employees. It is very important thing that we observed in the BOSCH. Totally visiting of BOSCH was very good experience for us; it is really a unique company. Once again I am thankful to chandana madam.”

Our scholarship programme continues now to our greenlight girls in the Parikrma Foundation.  Two special girls, one studying her Bachelors of Engineering in BioTechnology and another in Junior College for science, are about to embark on their first year of studies.  Dr. Bhattacharya had the opportunity to visit the Parikrma schools on invitation by Ms. Shukla Bose, the Founder of Parikrma, for the Diwali celebrations over the past weeks.

In addition, greenlight for girls is now expanding our work to other regions of India.  In more rural areas, such as Rajasthan, the challenge is to find girls ready for higher education.  Often the girls stop their schooling as young as 8th grade which is already an improvement from recent years in which they stopped at 5th grade.  We are working with one special group of educators who have 33 girls in their 10th grade class (the same class had 2 girls a decade ago).  We hope to inspire future role models to continue their education and show the way for future generations.

Global giving has launched its Year-end challange! We have to raise $3000 from 30 different donors and we can win another $3000!!! Help us achieve this goal by sharing our project with your friends and family and those who have not yet donated. 

Until next time, 

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we leave you with a video!

Nisha making chapatis (Indian Bread) in Rajasthan
Nisha making chapatis (Indian Bread) in Rajasthan

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Oct 14, 2013

Your second report on our activites!

g4g day in Athens!
g4g day in Athens!

Dear all donors

We are pleased to update you on our activities since our last report 3 months ago. We have been very busy in the last months and have held 3 greenlight for girl’s days since we last spoke to you: one in the SouthCoast, US and a second one in Ouro Branco, Brazil and for the first time ever we launched in Athens, Greece, just yesterday on October 12th. All three events were a complete success and if you would like to see some pictures of the girls please visit our Facebook page or sign up for our monthly newsletter. 

We also have 2 upcoming greenlight for girls days: the fourth annual one in Brussels, Belgium on November 16th and for the third time in Kinshasa, DRC on December 7th! Once again we are looking for volunteers, workshop leaders and sponsors for these events so please contact us if you would like to be involved. 

If you are in any of these regions we encourage you to get in touch with us and come see what we do first hand, and find out where your donations have gone. It is a day where you can be inspired and feel fulfilled with your efforts in helping these girls. 

We are however, still a long way away from reaching our goals. Despite the fact that we keep holding activities and events we lack a big source of funding and have been fighting to keep going, thus your donations are truly appreciated! 

Please share our work with friends and family and we will keep brining you more exciting news and events!

All the best from the g4g team. 

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