Hello and happy holidays!
Hopefully you made it through all the shopping madness of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Whew! I for one feel like I did a lot more running around than actually accomplishing the things on my list:) December turns into the busiest month of the year for me no matter what I do to circumvent it. I’m driven to do more and work harder because with all the to-do’s on my list, the girls we haven’t reached yet are at the very top, and the best gift I can give to them is to reach-out to people like you who care, and ask them to join us in creating a movement towards equality and all the good that comes from achieving that.
So with all of my running around, thinking about our girls and our awesome donors, it got me wondering how we could make this season easier on our community of supporters. How can I help them sit back and accomplish a couple of cool things at the same time? So we went shopping for you and we come bearing gifts! Wrapped in pretty pink tissue and ready to re-gift or keep for your-self:)
If you were thinking of making a donation over the holidays please take a look at our Gifts for Good campaign because we'd love to be able to give something back to you as a thank you for all of your support. And if you’ve already joined our Gifts for Good campain, then your gift is in the mail:)
Blessings and Joy to you this season.
Tia and the Global Sorority team.
P.S. Next up for our team is the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico to work with a community of young women there. Please see attached to find out more and see some cute pictures.
When our planned trip to the Philippines to work with and train girls on leadership was delayed this year, we were disappointed but decided to make it work no matter what! The first time we missed our arrival deadline it was because we hadn't met our funding goals. This caused us to narrowly escaped the 7.1 earthquake in Cebu. The second time the local organization that we were to connect with asked us to change the date of our arrival to next year. It seemed that every time we found a way to make it work, it would fall apart. The week we were due to arrive this time around, typhoon Haiyan struck land and we would have been stuck in the middle of one of the largest storms on recorded. I would like to think that with our steady nerves and strong leadership skills we would still have been able to help the community there. Hopefully we wouldn't have just added to the mess by being a stranded group of westerners with broken limbs and lost passports. For certain we would not have been able to fulfill our promise of delivering life altering leadership training to our group of young women... My heart aches for them all and I have this overwhelming sense of survivors gilt. We should have been there! Twice! I know in my heart that we will complete this mission and reach the girls of the Philippines. Girls who will be in even greater need of their inner strengths and confidences. When disaster strikes everything but the needs to survive go by the wayside, programs like ours that teach girls how to succeed, utilize their talents and alibies, find their inner voice, lead and live to their full potential, are seen as nonessential. But in the very near future there will be a rebuilding and just like all the young women that fall by the wayside during war and natural disasters the young women of the Philippines won ’t be a large part of that restructuring, or have a voice at the table when it comes to creating new policies.
We love that the people of the world are reaching out to help the people of the Philippines right now and we hope that when the news stops talking about the devastation you wont forget about the girls who still have to live there. Suffering from inequality, sexual exploitation and a lack of opportunity. We wont forget and it’s our highest purpose to bring them something of value and share their voice with the world.
Happy Thanks Giving from us at Global Sorority and thank you for everything you do to make the world a better place!.
October 11, was International Day of the Girl. This awareness filled day spurred worldwide engagement to better the lives of girls and provide opportunities for them to be leaders and to reach their full potential. The truth however is that one day isn't enough to close the gap, but it's never too late or too little to uplift a girl, vastly improve her life and the quality of her community with your support. Global Sorority does this sustainably by meeting the girl wherever she is and supports her inner leader and self-development to better handle life’s hurdles. The greatest advancement for girls in recent years has been the push for formal education, opening up a new world of opportunities. The reality though is that many girls will drop out of school, or never have a chance to go at all and many girls will be forced to marry far too young. Because there are girls who are still denied these dignities and resources, it doesn't mean they are a lost cause. Not everything can be hitched to formal education. In a perfect world all girls would go to school, in the current world, girls need every bit of strength they can muster from within themselves and that's where our internal leadership programs meet them.
Our effort to sustainably support girls and their communities despite their level of education or socioeconomics is ongoing, along with helping other organizations working with young women locally and globally. We plan to partner with grass roots organizations in Vietnam and the Philippines that are deeply connected to their own communities so they can ensure the continued success of our training.
We are pushing for the day when "Day Of The Girl" isn't an awareness campaign around the suffering and inequality that the girl child is subject to, but rather a day that’s a celebration of the great will-be-leaders, teachers healers, scientists and peace makers or our future.
Blessings and thank you for your continued support in making that future a reality.