Dear Girls Education International Supporters,
First of all - Happy Holidays and very best wishes for the New Year!!
We would like to share some updates about our scholarship programs in Liberia, Pakistan and Tanzania.
In Liberia, a country devastated by the deadly Ebola outbreak, schools have closed until February. We can fortunately report that all of the girls in our program, and their families are healthy. Our in country partner, Liberia Now has been working tirelessly to make sure all the students and their families have home sanitation kits as well as access to medical clinics to ensure they are well.
A concern in Liberia is that the outbreak, and consequent disruption in schooling, may result in decreased opportunities for girls' education. Girls in Liberia have always been challenged when it comes to getting an education - for various reasons, including traditional expectations about the role of girls in the family and community. We feel confident that Liberia Now will ensure that the girls in our program are supported in making the transition back to school when it opens again in the new year. Sometimes, it just takes a little extra encouragement to keep working toward one's dreams!
In Tanzania, our first group of girls has finished their first year of secondary school. They faced many challenges in their transition from primary to secondary school. In the first place, they are now studying primarily in the English langauge, for which many of them were not prepared. In addition, the number of girls in secondary school, as compared with primary school, is reduced. However, when we met with them in August to find out how they were experiencing secondary school, they were all smiles! They said that while it's difficult for them, they are grateful for the opportunity and they know what a difference this education will make in their lives, and those of their loved ones.
In Pakistan, we recently celebrated the move to sustainability for girls' education in the first villages with which we have been working. In partnership with Bedari, we have been supporting girls in school for 5 years. We committed to do so until the families in the villages viewed girls' education as a priority - and they have. Inspired by the girls in our program, other girls began to attend school with their families' support.
Now, the families of all the girls in school have taken on the responsibility for their education, independent of external assistance. This was always the goal and we reached it! Happily, Girls Education International and Bedari have moved into 4 new villages - Maria, Thirchak, Chakki Rangpur, and Dharyala Kahoon - where we are supporting a new cohort of 60 girls!
Thank you for all of your support thus far! Without you, none of this would be possible or sustainable.
We would love your continued support. Here are some ideas for how you can help our pograms thrive:
The Girls Education Team
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!
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With gratitude on behalf of all the girls we (including you) support,
The Girls Ed Team
Dear Girls Ed Supporters,
How amazing are the women of the world! And how wonderful do you feel when you hear girls say 'with voices loud' - "This is my MOMENT!"
That's exactly what girls are saying around the world through the new Girl Declaration. Just watch this great video by The Girl Effect (an organization we love) - and hear the girls make their declaration.
In the Girl Declaration, girls from all over the world have come together to respond to one basic question:
What do you need to reach your full potential?
They responded with their voices and their wisdom. Their collective goals address education, health, safety, economic security and citizenship. We know these are all interwoven aspects of life - and we think education is central to each of them.
On the topic of Education, the girls say with voices loud:
I want to learn, be smart and capable; I need an education for that. My schooling needs to be good - it must be free, or else I struggle to attend, and it must be safe and nearby, or else I will stop going. (The Girl Declaration, p. 5, www.girleffect.org)
In Pakistan, the girls we support don't have the option to attend a school close to home. With your support, we are able to provide them safe transportation to the closest school that provides a quality education for girls in remote regions of Pakistan.
In Liberia and Tanzania, secondary school is not free. After primary school, there are fees that are often beyond the means of the families. With your support, we are able to ensure that girls can get a secondary education - we cover their basic school fees plus the additional costs associated with uniforms, supplies, exam fees and more.
It is exciting to be able to contribute to the success of women by supporting them when they are girls. Thank you for your part in that! Please consider making a contribution today as a testament to your support of the Girl Declaration. Please take a moment to share our work with friends in person and through social media. Tell others about the Girl Declaration - it stands for girls everywhere, even in your home town. And while you're at it, pat yourself on the back! Together, we make a difference!
Thank you so much!
Rai FarrellyMember, Board of Directors Girls EdCo-Founder, Project WezeshaAssistant Professor, American U of Armenia
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:
Thank you so much for all of your support!
The Girls Education International Team & all the Girls
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