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.
Dec 17, 2012

November 2012 Girls Ed Pakistan Project Update

Dear Girls Ed Supporters,

Thank you for your continuing support.  We were especially excited to be able to share with the girls the overwhelming number of you who responded with new and increased donations after the attack on Malala Yousafzai; a clear signal to them that we will continue to support their courageous endeavors to move themselves and their communities forward.  Although her road to recovery will be long, Malala's strong spirit is apparent in her continually improving condition.

We are happy to report that the girls in Laphi and Sar Kalan have experienced no threats to or interference in their studies.  Further, as our local contact, Bedari, reports, "[A]n overwhelming majority of the people of Pakistan is in favor of girls education and has condemned the cowardly attack on Malala."  Unfortunately, educating girls in countries like Pakistan remains a challenge in overcoming pre-established norms and cultural bias.  Mainstream education of girls is not likely to occur anytime in the near future. 

With your support, though, Girls Ed will continue to provide assistance to those families in Pakistan that see the value of an education for all of their children, male or female.  We will help to provide the economic resources not available to girls through the Pakistani government so that they can attain a better future for themselves and their communities.

With gratitude,

Loni Riley, Board Member GEI

Dec 5, 2012

Happy Holidays on behalf of the Children in Tanzania!

Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

Greetings supporters of Project Wezesha,

We wanted to send a shout out for the holidays and let you know that not a day passes when we don't reflect on how fortunate we are to have your support! This past summer, we added twenty new students to our scholarship program and moved four of our graduates into vocational school so they could continue to study beyond their secondary education. If you didn't get a chance to read about them in our October update, here's another chance.

Also, we are excited about our 3rd annual Project Wezesha calendars. If you are still thinking about some 'good giving' ideas for the holidays, you might consider giving the gift of education to the children in and around Mgaraganza while also giving a lovely 2013 Project Wezesha calendar to a loved one.  You can learn more about ordering the calendars by clicking here.

All the best to you and your families!
Thank you for being part of our Project Wezesha family!

Rai Farrelly & Lucas Lameck


Oct 28, 2012

October 2012 Project Wezesha Scholarship Update

New Mgarganza Students
New Mgarganza Students

Dear Project Wezesha Supporters,

This summer was a productive summer for our scholarship program - we've grown!

First, we had the pleasure of hosting our first intern in Tanzania for Project Wezesha. Katy Lindquist of Colby College lived in the village of Mgaraganza with one of our beloved families. She had a room in the home of Jane and Ashahadu, our friends in Mgaraganza village.  She worked to improve our scholarship program by spearheading the implementation of a new application process that ensures that students who seek support are invested in their education and have the necessary support of their schools and families. You can read about Katy's experiences in her blog entry for Project Wezesha.

Now, Project Wezesha is happy to announce that we have added 19 new students for a total of 30 students actively supported by Project Wezesha - and you!

Among the 30 students, we have 11 students from our original group, some still continuing with secondary school and others, like Hindu and Khadija continuing post-graduation with VETA - the Vocational Educational Training Authority - where they are developing vocational skills. Among the 19 students we have added this year are boys and girls from 5 incorporated villages - including Bubango, Kagongo, Mtanga, Kigaliye and Mgaraganza. They range in grade level from Form 1 to Form 4. Their dreams are big; they want to be doctors, teachers, scientists. You can read more about each of our new students on our blog.

In addition to being added to the scholarship program, students were given headlamps donated by Black Diamond Equipment Ltd. These Wiz headlamps will give the students a greater opportunity for education by allowing them to study after dark - without inhaling kerosine smoke. You can read about their reactions to these headlamps here.

We know that none of this is possible without the support of our contributors. We want you to know the value of your involvement! Thank you very much for the tremendous impact you are having on these children's lives and the future of their communities. We at Girls Ed, Project Wezesha and on behalf of the children and families you support want to say 'Asante Sana!'.

With gratitude,

Rai Farrelly

Learning How to Use Headlamps
Learning How to Use Headlamps


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