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.
Nov 20, 2013

November Update for the #Empower100 Project

Girls in literacy class in one of the new villages
Girls in literacy class in one of the new villages

Dear Girls Education International Supporters!

We are excited to reach you with our first update for the #Empower100 Campaign. As you may know, we currently have girls education programs operating in Pakistan, Liberia, and Tanzania. We are hoping to expand each of those programs through this funding effort. Here are some of the ways we hope to do that:

In Pakistan, our partner at Bedari, a Pakistan-based NGO, recently traveled to three villages, to which we hope to extend support for girls education. The potential expansion into these villages will grow our support in Pakistan by 60 girls!

These villages are quite remote and vary in their levels of poverty and access to education. In one of the villages, most of the girls begin primary school, but for finanical reasons, they often have to stop. That's where we would like to offer support - and we'll need your help! In the other villages, the reasons girls don't attend school range from inadequate finances to transportation. In one of the villages, there is no primary school, so a portion of our support will go toward transporting the girls to and from school.

We are grateful to our on-the-ground partner, Safeer, for his diligence, efforts to visit each village, and thorough reporting on the situation in each village.

In Liberia, some of our girls will be graduating from high school which will open doors of opportunity for them to continue on to higher education or vocational education. And additionally, it will open spots in our program for new girls to join a secondary school cohort!

In Tanzania, our first group of girls begins school this coming January 2013. We are excited to hear about their first term and check in with them on our annual visit to the region this summer. As the word spread about the expansion of Girls Education International into Tanzania, many girls began to contact us. We know there are many more, beyond our original 30, who would like support to begin or continue their secondary education. This campaign will help us make that happen!

So, all in all - we have big goals and we can't reach them alone! Here are some ways you can support and promote the work that we, with the crucial support of our in-country partners do:

  1. Spread the word. Post links to our website and our Facebook page through your social media sites.
  2. Create your own fundraising campaign. GlobalGiving makes it easy! Just go to our project page, scroll down to the big Donate button - then click on the green fundraiser tab beneath. You can build your own page, tell your own story about why this matters to you and the world, and then share it personally. You can build it for a wedding, holiday, birthday, school campaign, sporting event and more!
  3. Donate. At the end of the day, money keeps these girls in school and as a volunteer-run organization, we have to keep making the 'ask'. So, whenever you have a little to spare, feel free to share.

Thank you so much for all of your support!

The Girls Education International Team & all the Girls

Primary School in potential new partner village
Primary School in potential new partner village
Just one of many we can support in Tanzania
Just one of many we can support in Tanzania

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Nov 8, 2013

November 2013 Update on our Tanzania Program

Greetings Girls Education International Supporters!

We thought we'd thank you with a video to share some of the smiles that light us up when we visit Tanzania. We're so excited that the girls we invited to join our program this summer will be starting secondary school in January 2014. We truly appreciate your support and hope you will continue to spread the word among friends. We'll be in touch again as soon as we have some updates on their first month as the 'new girls on the block', making their way one class at a time toward their dreams!

Thank you for being part of their journey!

The Girls Education Team and the many girls you're supporting!
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Sep 23, 2013

August 2013 Girls Ed Pakistan Project Update

Dear Girls Ed Pakistan Project Supporters,

I want to share with you a special promotion that is occurring right now through the Safer World Fund for our Pakistan project.  Until the matching funds are depleted, Safer World Fund will match donations up to 50% for donations up to $2,000 per project per donor.  You don't need to do anything special, just submit your contribution as usual, although the sooner the better if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to have even more impact!  

I'm pleased to report that all the GEI-sponsored girls have taken their exams and have been promoted to the next grade!

Here’s the status, if you’re keeping track:

Five girls were promoted to Grade 8

Seventeen girls were promoted to Grade 9

Three girls were promoted to Grade 10

One girl was promoted to Grade 11

Two girls were promoted to Grade 12

In our discussions with Bedari, Girls Ed is planning to expand its educational assistance into other regions within Pakistan while continuing to support the 30 original students until they have completed their secondary education. Your continued support will allow us to broaden our reach to these additional girls.  We will work with Bedari to determine where our efforts will be most beneficial and bring you the updates as plans develop.

With gratitude,

Loni 

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