Girls Education International

The mission of Girls Education International is to expand and support educational opportunities for underserved females in remote and developing regions of the world. We work with existing non-governmental and nonprofit organizations in the regions we serve. These local organizations already have relationships and infrastructures in the rural communities where we work that allow us to build upon and maximize existing resources.
Jul 22, 2014

July 2014 Girls Ed Liberia Project Report

Dear Girls Ed Liberia Project Supporters,

The girls are in a break from their studies at this time, but, our in country partner, Liberia Now, has an exciting and educational summer planned for them! 

The Liberia Now staff will be there for two weeks.  During this time, all of our scholarship recipients will be participating in two camps, a sports camp and a reading/writing camp.  We think these events will provide the girls with additional learning opportunities as well as some fun times!  We will share photos from the camps in our next project update.

We so appreciate your continued support which enables events like these camps to take place.  Please spread the word among your friends and colleagues about our girls and the challenges that can be overcome through our combined efforts.

With much appreciation,

Loni

Jun 25, 2014

Bonus Day! And a June 2014 PW Scholarship Update

Hindu Smiles
Hindu Smiles

Dear Project Wezesha Supporters,

(Today is a big day - please read all the way to see why....)

It's June, which means that our students are only reaching the halfway mark in their school year (they start in January). The older students are gearing up for the often stressful mock exams, during which they simulate the state exams that determine whether or not they will pass secondary school with marks high enough to go to high school. In October, our Form 4 students will take the real state exams and then wait patiently for the results.

When we started our scholarship program, we faced disappointment alongside many of our students when they regularly failed to make the marks required to attend high school. We weren't disappointed in them, of course. We were disappointed in the system. We decided at that time to support them with funds to pay the fees at a local vocational school so they could continue their education beyond secondary school.

Two of our young ladies, Khadija and Hindu have been thriving at VETA (Vocational Education and Training Authority). They have been boarding at VETA in Kigoma town and studying computers and clerical skills. (*Note - both of them would have been married by now were it not for being in school - and neither was ready for that.) 

Last fall, they traveled together to neighboring Kasulu town to complete a field internship. Again, this spring they have a similar opportunity. With this project report, we are seeking specific funding to support these girls as they near the completion of their program and earn their certificates. The funding needed by each isn't much - $200. This covers transport to and from Kasulu, work materials, and room and board while they work for the month.

Of course, in addition to supporting Hindu and Khadija, the funds we raise through this project continue to support the other students in our program - who range in their level of study from Form 2 to Form 4. It's an ongoing effort that we must sustain for as long as we have students in the program - which we hope will be for quite some time! As students graduate, more will be admitted. And as such, we continue to see education rates rise in rural Western Tanzania.

And so we still need you with us!

There is one great way that you can help us today. June 25th is a YouthSpark Bonus Day, which means that Microsoft is matching at 100% all donations between $10-$1000 per donor, per project (until the $200,000 runs out). Our project is part of this great campaign! In addition to 100% matching of donations up to $1,000, projects with the most unique donors will earn an additional $2,500 - so tell your friends! Every $10 donation will count! And, an additional $2500 will go to the project that raises the most money.

The window of opportunity for this Bonus Day is narrow: 12pm (EST) on June 25th (Wed) to noon on June 26th (EST). And - only as long as funds last, so dive in right at 12p (EST) to make sure your donation counts! (That's 11am in Texas, 10am in Colorado and Utah, 9am in Washington!)

Please post a link to our project on your social networking sites (see sharing buttons below), share this project report with friends, and ask as many people as you can to chip in just a little to help us generate the funds we need to continue supporting these students!

Thank you so much!!

Rai Farrelly & Lucas Lameck
Co-Founders, Project Wezesha

Khadija and Rai
Khadija and Rai
Hindu on a trip to Gombe
Hindu on a trip to Gombe
Jun 25, 2014

Bonus Day! And a June 2014 Update on Tanzania

Dear Girls Ed Supporters,

Greetings from all of us here at Girls Education International and Project Wezesha. We're excited about an opportunity we have to increase our funding by 100% per donation! It's time for a YouthSpark Bonus Day. We hope that you'll join us, as Microsoft is planning to match your contributions - dollar for dollar! Here's how it works:

Between 12pm (EST) on Wednesday June 25th and midnight (EST) on Thursday June 26th, Microsoft will match at 100% all donations between $10 - $1,000 per donor, per project (up to $200,000). This cap at $200,000 means that funds will run out - and fast!

In addition to the 100% matching opportunity, the project with the most unique donors will also recieve $2,500! So, please share with your friends - every donation at even $10 will help us toward a potential award of $2,500. In addition, the project that raises the most money during Bonus Day will also earn an extra $2,500. So many ways to ensure that our girls in Tanzania have their scholarships covered until they graduate!

Please use the sharing buttons below to let others know about this opportunity. You can also donate by clicking the 'Give Now' button below - but wait until 12p (EST) on June 25th!

The girls we recently added last year have been in school since January. All of our girls are in Form 1, so none of them is facing any 'scary' exams this summer, however all of them are struggling and striving to balance home life and school life. For a young girl in Tanzania, this is often a delicate balance. There are many pressures that can force a girl to miss school - caring for other family members, having her period, working during harvest time, staying home to collect water when the pipes are turned on briefly, and various other reasons! We can at least make sure that school fees are not a barrier.

Nickolas Kristof recently wrote an Op-Ed piece for the NY Times in which he revisited the story of a young girl that he wrote about in 2011, who received educational support from the organization, Room to Read. He shares the story of her life, then and now, and what a difference education is making for her. Like so many of the students I meet in Tanzania, she can't imagine children complaining about getting out of bed early to go to school. Our students walk quite a way each morning and afternoon - and do so because they know education is a privilege, although it should be a right.

And why does education matter? Kristof also wrote a piece about 'smart girls'  "Why are fanatics so terrified of girls’ education? Because there’s no force more powerful to transform a society. The greatest threat to extremism isn’t drones firing missiles, but girls reading books." A woman empowered is a truly a force to be reckoned with.

In Mgaraganza, I have encountered some rather surprising incidents of ignorance. One example - a man assaulted a visiting doctor because he touched his wife in 'her sex'. The doctor was run out of town. The woman? She was pregnant and the 'touching' was a routine check-up to make sure the baby was healthy and in the right position given her term. Neither she nor her husband were aware of what was happening. Education of both men and women is critical for progress - no doubt. We're focusing on the girls with this project because they are underserved in this region, with the majority of students in all classes being boys.

Information that many of us take for granted as 'common knowledge' is grounded in our educational experiences. We believe that all children should have access to an education that provides them with that 'common knowledge'. With your continued support, we will be able to make sure that our scholarship recipients stay in school until they graduate, and then they will have even greater opportunities to go to high school or vocational school, and maybe one day - university!

After my trip this summer, I'll send reports back from the girls - pictures, stories, voices, videos and reports on academic progress. I'm excited to see how their first year of secondary school has gone thus far, and I'm even more excited to share that news with you! Stay tuned!

With Gratitude,

Rai Farrelly & The Girls Ed Team

Some of our Girls with Rai
Some of our Girls with Rai
Congratulating New Scholarship Recipients
Congratulating New Scholarship Recipients
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