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

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
Jun 23, 2014

June 2014 Amahoro Secondary School Update

Waiting for Class to Start
Waiting for Class to Start

Dear Project Wezesha Supporters,

Again, I send out heartfelt gratitude on behalf of Lucas, me, and the residents and leaders who will benefit from the opening of Amahoro Secondary School! I'm excited to share pictures from Lucas of the progress made through April (see above and below - windows and doors and floors, oh my!). By the time I arrive in Kigoma in August, I'm sure the updates and photos will truly astonish. I, for one, can't wait to see the completed classrooms - ready for their first cohort of eager learners!

But ... we're still rounding the bend with construction - which means that there is still material to be purchased, builders to be paid, and of course our night watchman, Kalekwa, to be compensated for watching over the materials and keeping the local kids out of harm's way. (We love Kalekwa!)

Speaking of Kalekwa, during our first year of construction on Amahoro Secondary School, Kalekwa's wife died suddendly during the birth of their third child - a lovely daughter. We were all very sad for his loss. Kalekwa chose to stay with us at the school site, leaving his two sons and newborn daughter in the loving care of the women in his family. His salary as a night watchman was indespensible and with this income, he supports his small young family. We are happy to share the news that this Spring, Kalekwa married once again. Lucas shared these pictures you see (below) of our friend on his happy day!

As for Amahoro Secondary School, we hope you'll continue to support us in the home stretch (yes, home stretches are longer in Tanzania)! Here are some ways you can help:

  1. Please post a link to our project on your social networking sites (use the convenient sharing buttons below).
  2. Share this project report with friends.
  3. Ask friends to chip in a little to help us generate the funds we need to get 'er done!
  4. Host a fundraising party or build your own online fundraising page (just click the green 'fundraiser' button beneath the large orange 'donate' button) - you can design it as you wish, build it as a wedding registry, or create an event (5k, bike race, car wash, etc.).
  5. Donate - money is always the bottom line.

PS - As the sole fundraiser for Project Wezesha in the United States ... actually, in the world ... I do realize that being asked time and again for money can be annoying (imagine being the one who has to ask 4 times per year, at least). So please, do know that I appreciate it more than words can really express. I wish I could carry you all in my case when I go so that you could see the hope and happiness on the faces of everyone that I come in contact with as I make my way around the villages, visiting old friends, meeting new ones, and sharing stories from near and far. One day the sounds from these classrooms will be those of songs, sciences, histories, maths, and laughter - rather than those of hammers and saws. And then together we can say - we did this!

Thank you so much!!

Rai Farrelly & Lucas Lameck
Co-Founders, Project Wezesha 

Windows and Walls
Windows and Walls
Kalekwa
Kalekwa's Wedding
Classroom Floors
Classroom Floors
Kalekwa
Kalekwa's Wedding Guests

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