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.
Mar 18, 2014

March 2014 Girls Ed Update - With Voices Loud

Dear Girls Ed Supporters,

How amazing are the women of the world! And how wonderful do you feel when you hear girls say 'with voices loud' - "This is my MOMENT!"

That's exactly what girls are saying around the world through the new Girl Declaration. Just watch this great video by The Girl Effect (an organization we love) - and hear the girls make their declaration.

In the Girl Declaration, girls from all over the world have come together to respond to one basic question:

What do you need to reach your full potential?

They responded with their voices and their wisdom. Their collective goals address education, health, safety, economic security and citizenship. We know these are all interwoven aspects of life - and we think education is central to each of them.

On the topic of Education, the girls say with voices loud:

I want to learn, be smart and capable; I need an education for that. My schooling needs to be good - it must be free, or else I struggle to attend, and it must be safe and nearby, or else I will stop going. (The Girl Declaration, p. 5, www.girleffect.org)

In Pakistan, the girls we support don't have the option to attend a school close to home. With your support, we are able to provide them safe transportation to the closest school that provides a quality education for girls in remote regions of Pakistan.

In Liberia and Tanzania, secondary school is not free. After primary school, there are fees that are often beyond the means of the families. With your support, we are able to ensure that girls can get a secondary education - we cover their basic school fees plus the additional costs associated with uniforms, supplies, exam fees and more.

It is exciting to be able to contribute to the success of women by supporting them when they are girls. Thank you for your part in that! Please consider making a contribution today as a testament to your support of the Girl Declaration. Please take a moment to share our work with friends in person and through social media. Tell others about the Girl Declaration - it stands for girls everywhere, even in your home town. And while you're at it, pat yourself on the back! Together, we make a difference!

Thank you so much!

Sincerely,

Rai Farrelly
Member, Board of Directors Girls Ed
Co-Founder, Project Wezesha
Assistant Professor, American U of Armenia

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Mar 18, 2014

March 2014 Update on Girls Ed in Tanzania

Dear Girls Ed Supporters,

Here in Armenia (where I am based now), International Day of the Woman (March 8th) spans the entire month of March! It has been nice to see so many celebrations of the wonder of women throughout this month. The flower salespeople can barely keep the roses and tulips stocked. Women greet each other with well-wishes for a happy women's month. Men seem to be going out of their way to let their women know how special they are.

Is there any wonder why? As UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka states in her International Day of the Woman address, 'progress for women is progress for all'.

With your help, we are doing our part to make an impact on the state of women in the world - starting locally in the villages of Tanzania, Liberia, and Pakistan and spreading out from there. When we think of the magnitude of work to be done related to educating girls and women worldwide, we sometimes think of The Hummingbird story told beautifully by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai of Kenya. We are all simply doing the best that we can - and we should celebrate that we are all at least doing something.

Be the hummingbird! Together our impact will resonate around the world.

Our girls in Tanzania started school in January. I will be visiting them at their schools in July to capture their smiles and stories and report back to you so you know exactly who you've touched and how. Thank you so much for your support. Please continue to support us by donating, spreading the word through Social Media and among friends, and just bringing us up in conversation. We truly appreciate every 'hummingbird drop' of support.

Asante Sana!

Rai Farrelly
Member, Board of Directors for Girls Ed
Co-Founder, Project Wezesha

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Mar 17, 2014

March 2014 Amahoro Secondary School Update

Lucas Lameck
Lucas Lameck

Dear Project Wezesha Supporters,

We are so thrilled to have you on this journey with us! I just got off the phone with Lucas. He's in Tanzania and I'm in Armenia and together, we do our very best to keep this project up and running ... racing to the finish line! I love hearing his voice because his smile comes right through with words. I'm (we're) the luckiest to have such a loyal, capable local partner.

In my conversation with Lucas, I learned that four of our classrooms and two offices are completely finished!! That means that not only do they have walls and roofs, they have windows, doors, completed floors (the expensive part), and plaster on the interior and exterior! The final touch - blue paint for the exterior - is coming soon. But structurally - they are complete - ready for desks, chairs and students.

In addition, as promised, the Tanzanian government is installing latrines for the school - obviously required amenities before a school can open.

I told Lucas that our supporters (and I) would love to see pictures, so those are coming soon and I'll send another update with them when they reach me.

Also, I'm starting the planning for my next trip to Tanzania - in late June/early July. It always helps me feel connected to the project, the community and you when I can be there in person. It allows me to keep the relationships strong and give you the honest, transparent updates that you absolutely deserve for all of your support thus far.

US-based members of the Board of Directors for another nonprofit in the area paid a visit to our school recently. They were in disbelief when Lucas told them that since 2010 we had raised 16 classrooms, plus 4 offices. They were in disbelief because their project has only completed 4 classrooms since 2007. They insisted that Lucas take them to our site so they could see for themselves. They really couldn't believe their eyes. It gave them the confidence they needed to make some organizational changes within their own nonprofit - including replacing their director and installing more 'checks and balances' for the allocation of funds and labor on their project. This made Lucas and I very proud - because we knew what was happening in the other project. Now, that organization can continue with integrity and serve its community better. You know what that makes us ... a successful model and 'Agents of Change' - we couldn't be more happy about that!

In terms of completing our entire project, we are still in need of financial support. We're not there yet. The exact budget to completion is not precise because the government is helping us with some components (raw materials), while we're covering the rest - including the most important parts: skilled labor, a watchman, and Lucas' salary ($100/month). The Government is moving rather slowly on their contribution of materials, but they are making it happen.

The part that is in our control, is that which we raise - so if you want to help us cross the line even sooner, then please consider giving us a little boost. As you know, every dollar counts and they all go straight to to project and the people needed to complete the project.

Thank you for all your fabulous support and continued interest in what we're accomplishing in Tanzania!

Cheers and Asante Sana,

Rai Farrelly & Lucas Lamek

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