Dear donors and friends.
We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the latest from the scholarship girls and also to call on your help once more to complete our entire goal. We have now raised just less than $9,000 for this project. However we have another $15,000 to go for all the girls to complete a full three year degree. There is still plenty of work to be done in raising awareness and money for these girls who have so far not let us down and have progressed greatly in their studies.
We have a couple of projects aimed at helping the girls along further. One such project, and one which you could forward to your friends, colleagues and network is a project started by a volunteer. Leslie and her partner will be racing in a rickshaw around India for 2 weeks to raise money and awareness for our scholarship girls! You can visit their site on: http://teamleslieandantoine.com/ and you can donate through their GlobalGiving site as they are a g4g fundraiser - http://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/7806. At the end of their trip, they will meet the 8 chosen scholarship girls in India, so we are looking forward to that meeting and be sure to follow them on social media, because the more 'likes' they have the more chances they have to receive sponsorship!
You could also give strategically by utilising the GlobalGiving Bonus Day: On Tuesday October 15th, GlobalGiving is giving away $15,000 in matching funds, they will begin at 9:01pm EDT and will end at 8:59 pm EDT on Wednesday, October 16th or until funds run out. Matching is applied at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project (for example, a donation of $1,500 will receive a $300 match). Only donations made by unique donors per project will be matched, so those who have already donated, your further donations will not be eligible for matching so please forward this great deal and help us spread the word! Additionally, the project that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving. This is an excellent opportunity for us to boost our donations and help us reach our goal of reaching $24,000 to put all the girls through university! Remember to spread the word and save the date: Tuesday October 15th!
How are the girls?
In our last report we informed you that Chandana will be taking the girls to the Bosch factory for a learning experience. The date is set and on October 5th, Chandana will take the girls around the factory and give them a perspective of the industry from the factory floor. We are looking forward to hearing how it went and seeing the pictures. We are also looking forward to announcing which studies the next 4 girls chose and update you on their first days at University.
Let’s work together to help these girls and enable them to help others!
Our Best Regards
The g4g team
It has been 3 months since our last project report and we have a lot of exciting things to tell you. Since our last report and thanks to all our wonderful donors the first 4 girls have received their first cheque and certificates in an award ceremony attended by the girls, their previous teachers, their mothers and Chandana our board member! It was an acknowledgement ceremony with the girls giving thank you speeches in English. The same girls are now writing their year end examinations and will be finished by the end of July. We wish them luck and we know they will do great! After they finish their exams, Chandana will take them out to the Bosch factory for a learning experience.
Greenlight for girls is pleased to report this quarter's status of our young girl scholars pursuing their higher education in science in Bangalore, India. Our scholarship recipients are now enrolled in their very first semester of university! In fact, these bright girls are currently experiencing their first major exams. The generous donations from our globalgiving community has provided their tuition fees, book fees, exam fees and the tranportation so thay may live and/or visit with their families. Greenlight for girls has provided the opportunity to meet with them outside of their studies as well. Our Board Director in India has met the girls, treated them to lunch and coached them on their studies and future. This will continue throughout their programme. In fact, after their exams, we will be arranging a special plant tour for them with one of the major employers in the area. These scholars will now comprise a special group of greenlight for girls Ambassadors in the area. They will continue to play an important role to encourage and inspire more girls and boys to pursue their studies, esecially in the STEM subjects. We look forward to bringing you the next news of the educational pursuit of these special girls.
Our greenlight for girls Board Director, Chandana Bhattacharya, met our first scholarship girls from the Nele organization on 19 October in Bangalore to give them the good news - funding for their first semester at university!
These reserved and brilliant girls are eager to study their chosen subjects: engineering, physicis, chemistry, computer science. Along with enrolling in their science studies, they are also now enrolled in their first language classes and plan to build their skills in spoken English. This will also help further their potential in their studies and their working world.
The funding for these girls will not only help with their tuition - but also for basic needs. They have no access to computers or to the internet. Their learning is only through printed materials & books at the moment. We wish to find ways that they can access information electronically and thus add to their learning & exposure to the further resources.
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