Girl Effect Fund

Jun 10, 2013

Girl Effect Wins 2013 Crystal of Hope Award

Crystal of Hope Award Recipients in Vienna
Crystal of Hope Award Recipients in Vienna

Dear Girl Champs,

Exciting news!

The girl effect received the Swarovski Crystal of Hope Award for 2013 from AIDS LIFE.  Three of the organizations receiving funds from the Girl Effect Fund via GlobalGiving were presented the award at Life Ball, the largest charity event for AIDS in Europe, for their work with adolescent girls in communities affected by HIV and AIDS.  The award was presented by Hilary Swank and took place on May 25th in Vienna, Austria.

Since 2005, AIDS LIFE has honored an organization for its outstanding projects fighting HIV/AIDS with the “Life Ball Crystal of Hope Award” endowed with EUR 100,000 and sponsored by the Tyrolean Company Swarovski. The three organizations in attendance to receive the award on behalf of the girl effect, which will each benefit from the EUR 100,000 endowment, are:

Mariposa DR Foundation’s project, “Mariposa Center for Girls.”

Senhoa Foundation’s project, “Empower Girls Rescued from Slavery in Cambodia.”

The Shanti Uganda Society’s project, “Teen Girls Health & Empowerment in Uganda.”

Congratulations to these organizations for their incredible work addressing the potential girls have to prevent problems related to HIV/AIDS and end the cycle of poverty.

We’re thrilled to be able to share this honor with our Girl Effect Challenge 2012 winners. 

Pictured from left to right: Sadie St. Denis (Shanti Uganda), Patricia Suriel (Mariposa), Thi Nguyen (Senhoa), Lisa Nguyen (Senhoa), Ruth Craven (Senhoa) and Jessica Lawson (Mariposa).

Mar 4, 2013

Meet the New Girl Effect Fund Recipients!

Heshima Kenya, a 2012 Girl Effect Challenge Winner
Heshima Kenya, a 2012 Girl Effect Challenge Winner

Dear Girl Champs,

We are excited to introduce you to this year’s Girl Effect Fund recipients featured on GlobalGiving!  We have a fantastic group of twelve innovative programs working to empower adolescent girls living in poverty in various ways, ranging from health and education, to vocational training, and the fight against sex trafficking.  We’ll continue to update you on their progress and work throughout 2013, but first let us introduce you to them!

A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN)’s “Empower Marginalized Young Women in Ghana

Days for Girls International’s “Empower African Girl with Hygiene and Education

Girl Determined’s “Help Put Girls at the Forefront of Change in Burma

Global Interfaith Partnership’s “Equip Rural Kenyan Girls to GET UP Out of Poverty

Heshima Kenya’s “Education and Empowerment for Refugee Girls

Project Education South Sudan’s “Unleash the Leaders: 400 Girls in South Sudan

Senhoa Foundation’s “Empower Girls Rescued from Sex Slavery in Cambodia

Social Development International’s “Empower Teen Mothers Through Education in Cameroon

The Mariposa DR Foundation’s “Mariposa Center for Girls

The Shanti Uganda Society’s  “Teen Girls Health & Empowerment in Uganda

The SOLD Project’s “The Freedom Project: Prevention Through Education

Zimkids Orphan Trust’s “Building the Futures of 100 Zimbabwean Girls

Congratulations to these organizations and please join us in welcoming them to the Girl Effect Fund! The clock is ticking for 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty, and these incredible organizations are helping girls realize their potential to unleash a ripple effect of change – not only for her, but for her family, her community, and the world.

Oct 25, 2012

The Second Annual Girl Effect Challenge

Girls & Football SA
Girls & Football SA

Title: The Second Annual Girl Effect Challenge

Dear Girl Effect Supporters,

This year’s GlobalGiving Girl Effect challenge is upon us!  Beginning November 1st, a host of girl-centered organizations will enter to win an equal portion of the Girl Effect fund for a year.  That money will go toward programs that effect positive change for marginalized adolescent girls.

As we begin the second Girl Effect challenge, let’s look at some of this past year’s Girl Effect Challenge winners and the programs they are running to empower young women around the world. 

The Blossom Bus is a project that allows girls in rural India to continue their schooling in areas where the female literacy rate is only 2%.  In areas far from secondary schools, where conservative local attitudes toward female mobility prevail, girls are often forced to drop out.  With the safe transportation provided by the Blossom Bus, girls like 16-year-old Afsana can become the first in their villages to reach grade 10. 

Girls & Football South Africa believes that football can empower girls.  In a safe, girls-only space, girls can feel just as powerful, strong, and deserving as boys.  Through football, workshops, and discussions they develop a sense of body ownership and self-esteem.  This year Girls & Football SA spoke at TEDxCapeTown, attended the Cup of Dreams tournament in Pretoria, launched a video to combat the idea of ‘corrective’ rape, and much more!

Daraja Academy for Exceptional Kenyan Girls is a boarding secondary school for Kenyan girls with top academic scores and exceptional leadership, but no means to continue their education.  The academy provides shelter, food, healthcare, and counseling services to girls, as well as the tools and resources to become critical thinkers, progressive leaders, and architects of their own futures.  Daraja teaches its freshmen the following phrase: “My future is brighter than my past, and I have the ability to have others see the same.”

These are just three out of twelve exceptional projects that have benefitted from The Girl Effect Fund this past year.  Contribute to the projects that you care about most during this year’s challenge to help them win a one-year spot on our fundraising page and an equal share of The Girl Effect Fund!

Interested in entering the Girl Effect Challenge in the future? See GlobalGiving’s terms and conditions.

Apr 2, 2012

Meet the Girl Effect Challenge winners!

Happy New Year, everyone!

We hope you’re enjoying 2012 so far.  Since we last wrote, there have been some exciting changes in the Girl Effect Fund, and we’re thrilled to tell you about them.

As of December 2011, the Girl Effect Fund is now supporting a great new group of girl-focused organizations!  As we mentioned in our last update, the first annual Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge took place in October and November of 2011, and of about 50 participating organizations, we have 12 amazing winners that will benefit evenly from the Girl Effect Fund through November 2012. The winners (in alphabetical order) are Afghan Institute of Learning, Asha Trust, Care for Vrindavan, Carr Educational Foundation, Girls & Football SA, Lotus Outreach, the Mariposa DR Foundation, the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Shining Hope for Communities, Soccer Without Borders, Solar Sister, and Vacha Charitable Trust.

With each of our Girl Effect Fund updates this year, we’ll plan to feature three of the winners.  This update’s highlights include:

Food for Life Vrindavan, which is preventing child marriage by sending 100 girls to school in Uttar Pradesh, India. The girls will receive free tuition, healthy meals, clothes, school supplies, healthcare, and family support services; and upon graduation, they will receive proceeds from a savings account to help give them a head-start after school.

Shining Hope for Communities, which is enabling adolescent girls in the Kibera slum of Nairobi to become economically self-sufficient through a holistic program of entrepreneurship and vocational training, sexual health education, artistic opportunities, and more.

Solar Sister, which has a girls’ empowerment program that reaches out to girls in Uganda living without access to electricity and provides them with access to safe, clean solar light.  The girls form micro-enterprise clubs and sell solar lights to their communities to earn money for school fees and learn about technology and business opportunities in a hands-on program that brings light, hope, and opportunity to girls and their communities.

These are just some of the inspiring programs your contributions to the Girl Effect Fund will be enabling this year.  Thank you from us and them for all of your generous support!

Best wishes,
The GlobalGiving Team

Nov 1, 2011

Help us decide next year's Girl Effect recipients!

Happy Halloween!

We wanted to drop by and thank you for your continued support of the Girl Effect! Thanks to your generous giving, nearly $700,000 has been mobilized for girls’ education, safety and empowerment around the world. Today, girls in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Paraguay and Tanzania have an opportunity like never before to break the poisonous cycle of intergenerational poverty and start the Girl Effect.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to share some exciting news with you. Happening now though November 15, The Girl Effect movement has partnered with GlobalGiving to pioneer the first-annual Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge! There are thousands of wonderful, girl-focused organizations out there, and we wanted to find those doing the BEST work for girls so that we can fund and amplify their work. 

Hundreds of organizations have undergone several phases of the challenge, and we’re now in the final round with a phenomenal pool of about 50. But, to pick our 12 winners, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Check out the challenge leaderboard and explore the different projects happening around the world for girls. When you find your favorite, vote with your wallet or share the project with your social networks. The six projects with the most unique donors will automatically win a one-year spot on our fundraising page. An additional six organizations will be chosen by a girl expert panel for their innovative girls’ programming and unique approach to unleashing the Girl Effect.

We hope you’ll join us during this exciting time to choose our newest class of girl-champ orgs.

Best wishes,

The GlobalGiving team

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