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.
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
Jun 25, 2014

June 2014 Girls Ed Pakistan Project Update

Receiving Award
Receiving Award

Dear Girls Ed Supporters,

We continue to be touched by your generosity and loyalty! Please take a moment to read this update, then see how you can increase your impact on the Youth Spark Bonus Giving Day - Today June 25th! (see below)

Girls Education International, in partnership with Bedari, is reaching more and more girls in Pakistan! Thanks to the support we've been receiving from donors and those who simply spread the word, we were able to expand our reach in Pakistan. In a recent report, we shared the news that the Bedari Communications Manager, Safeer Ullah Khan was exploring the potential for expansion of girls education initiatives in new villages.

On June 9th, Bedari moved into phase 2 of "Girls Education beyond Primary Level".  Mr. Abdul Waheed, District Officer of Secondary Education was the chief guest at the occasion. At the launch ceremony, 70 girls from 5 remote villages – Thirchak, Natto Wala, Maira Aemah, Chakki Rangpur, and Hattar – were awarded scholarships. The ceremony was attended by the notables of the area including Mr. Abdul Waheed, Master Ghulam Ali, Executive Director of Sarban, members of child protection committees, parents of the selected girls, and representatives of other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community based organizations (CBOs).

The selected girls had performed really well in their studies, and come from underprivileged families. Bedari will be bearing the cost of the girls' travel to and from school. The support will continue until they complete their secondary or higher secondary education. Girls Education International is providing financial support to alleviate the burden of school fees and transportation costs.

This project was conceived of by our partner, Bedari back in 2006, and it was piloted it in a remote village in district Chakwal. After the successful completion of pilot phase, the project launched in two more villages – Laphi and Sarkalan – in tehsil Kalar Kahar, district Chakwal. Girls Ed has been happy to join Bedari in supporting 30 girls who received scholarships and continued their studies up to secondary or higher secondary level.

This project is part of Bedari’s efforts to ensure girls’ rights to education, and elimination of child marriages. Girls Education Internation is grateful for your support and we hope that you will continue to contribute, spread the word, and join us as we empower these young women through education!

Join us for Youth Spark Bonus Giving Day ... All donations made to this project between 12pm and Midnight (EST) on Wednesday, June 25th (Today!) will be matched up to 100% for donations of $10 - $1000 per donor, per project! Plus, the organization who raises the most will earn an additional $2500. And the organization with the most unique donors will get an additional $2500! Can you help us support more girls and double your dollar while you're at it!! June 25th, 12 pm .... Donate - every bit counts.

With Gratitude,

The Girls Ed Team & Bedari

Launch Ceremony
Launch Ceremony
Notable Speakers
Notable Speakers
Scholarship Recipient
Scholarship Recipient
Jun 25, 2014

Bonus Day! Help Maximize our Support for Girls Ed

Girl Empowered
Girl Empowered

Dear Girls Education International Supporters,

As we continue to move forward with our efforts to education young girls and women in Pakistan, Tanzania and Liberia - we need you now more than ever!

We have a great opportunity to maximize our funding today - Wednesday, June 25th. We are one of the lucky participatns of the Microsoft YouthSpark Campaign, and therefore we get to take part in Bonus Days!

From 12p (EST) on Wednesday June 25th through noon (EST) on June 26th, Microsoft will match at 100% every donation between $10-$1,000 per donor, per project (until funds run out at $200,000).

In addition, Microsoft will award $2,500 to the projects that garner the most unique donors - so, even donations of $10 will count toward the chance of this Bonus! Also, they will give $2,500 to the projects that bring in the most donations overall.

It's not every day that you get to turn $100 into $200 .... or $1,000 into $2,000. So, stand with us now and help us spread education to girls in remote regions of Pakistan, Tanzania and Liberia. You can read about our projects at www.girlsed.org to learn more about how and who we support!

In Pakistan, we just expanded our program to include 70 additional girls in partnership with Bedari, an NGO based in Pakistan. In Liberia, we continue to support girls who are working hard to reach their goals of graduating from secondary school with the hope of attending university. And in Tanzania, we recently launched a new scholarship program for 30 girls - newly admitted into secondary school.

Their journeys are long and our support must be sustained. With your help on these vauable Bonus Days, we can make our dollars go the distance!

Click 'Give Now' below - after 12p EST on Wedensday. Share this report with friends using the social media buttons below. Tell a friend, write an email, shout it from the rooftops!

With gratitude on behalf of all the girls we (including you) support,

The Girls Ed Team

New Pakistan Student
New Pakistan Student
Rai and the Girls in Tanzania
Rai and the Girls in Tanzania
Bonus Day
Bonus Day

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