Dear Girl Effect supporter,What a year it’s been! From winning the TEDx ‘Ads Worth Spreading’ award to surpassing 250,000 likes on Facebook, the Girl Effect movement is gaining momentum – and thanks to you, it’s not slowing down any time soon. Your generous contributions will have a powerful ripple effect for years to come. In the past year, more than 6,000 girl champions just like you have raised over $425,000 to support girls around the globe. From Bangladesh to Kenya, Ethiopia to Paraguay, your donation is helping educate, equip, and empower thousands of girls to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and build a stronger world for everyone. Your continued generosity is the heart and soul of the Girl Effect movement. Here’s a glimpse of what your contribution has helped to accomplish.You helped 18-year-old Insana (photo attached courtesy of BRAC) receive training to become a tailor in her village of Kalampur, Bangladesh. She used the money she earned to re-enroll in school, and she is currently preparing for her Secondary School Certificate exam. In her free time, she is training other girls in her village with the hope of getting them back in school too. Insana IS the Girl Effect, and your generous donation has helped her start a ripple effect that will forever change the lives of girls in her village.In addition, your donation supported girls involved in these seven other projects:Carolina for Kibera, Inc.: YOU provided a safe space and advocacy platform for adolescent girls living in the Kibera slum of Kenya. More than 900 girls have participated in the program to combat gender-based violence and discrimination.Equality Now: YOU funded a workshop that provided legal training to adolescent survivors of sexual violence and human rights abuses. Fundación Paraguaya: YOU taught girls in the Mbaracayu region of Paraguay how to build small-scale, agro-forestry enterprises to learn both technical and entrepreneurial skills for economic independence and regional poverty reduction. Going to School Fund: YOU created a 15-part television series that will soon be aired on Indian national television to encourage and inspire India’s poorest girls to stay in school and learn entrepreneurial skills to solve social and environmental problems. Harambee Center: YOU increased the daily income of 60 undereducated girls in Tanzania by providing the funding for a new sewing machine. The girls witnessed an income leap from $1 per day to $8 per day. Save the Children: YOU helped girls in Bangladesh develop life skills and receive the support needed to stay in school thanks to your contribution to a community safe space. More than 42,400 girls have been reached through the program.United Nations Foundation: YOU prevented a girl in Ethiopia’s Amhara region from becoming a child bride. In a region where more than 40 percent of girls marry before the age of 15, your gift helped one family break the cycle. This project has delayed marriage for more than 11,000 girls. To continue supporting one of these projects, or to set up a monthly donation, please visit www.globalgiving.org/girleffect. On behalf of all adolescent girls living in poverty, thank you so much for your donation and support. The clock is ticking for 250 million girls in the developing world, and thanks to the generosity of girl champions like you, more girls are breaking the poverty cycle and reaching their full potential. Best Wishes, The GlobalGiving team
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