As our team gets ready for our trip to Lebanon in October and the region becomes more unstable, it’s interesting what goes through your mind and what your loved ones ask you to consider and reconsider.
When there we will be staying with families and visiting to the American Community school in Beirut and unnamed refugee camps daily, to work with the girls through our Elements of SUCCESS program, and help them to gear up for the Beirut Marathon of peace!
“In Lebanon there is one gunshot a year that isn’t part of a scene of routine violence: The opening sound of the Beirut International Marathon”
The girls in our program will also be participating in their own 5 and 10 K races! Because on this trip we have partnered with Sarah Jamison and Run4aCause who is helping us to fundraise and facilitate! We have connected with May Khalil the founder of the Beirut Marathon and will hopefully be interviewing her for our documentary series. Check out her amazing Ted talk here and learn about this amazing race!
Even though I understand why my loved ones are asking me not to go, once you have met girls living in real danger every day, who's circumstances would bring stinging tears to your eyes and you have heard their stories and seen all their shining possibilities, you realize how brave they are and how little we actually rick to help them!
If I knew that I could possible be raped on my way to the only water supply or toilet area in my township, if I knew that I would be grabbed teased and molested on my way to school each day that I left my slum village and was out of my parents sight, or if I knew that my fate was to get married at 13, even though my hearts desire was to go to school and become a teacher and support my family. I might not be able to do it! I’m not brave like that at all!
But I can certainly get myself on an airplane and deliver life altering tools and knowledge to girls who deserve for us to care, they deserve to be heard and acknowledged for how amazing they are and to have a light shone on their value and possibility in the world.
With your help Global Sorority has been able to visit 6 different countries outside of North America, to bring self-esteem, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, critical thinking skills and leadership education to girls, along with resources to help them stay in school.
Every time you make a donation to Global Sorority programming you enabling a fully volunteer staff to dedicate their time and sometimes risk their personal safety to reach a population of beautiful, inelegant, valuable human beings who hold the potential to change their lives, communities, and countries if we give them a fighting chance!
From now through September 10, a generous donor is providing a one-time, 100% match for all new recurring donations on GlobalGiving. Whether big or small, the gift you make today will have twice the impact.
So don't wait, double your donation and support a girl somewhere in the developing world to make a difference and change the world!
P.S. Do you love to run? Stay tuned for your opportunity to run or walk with us the day of the race November 9th no matter where you are in the world you’ll get to add your miles to our campaign with your Fit Bit, Run Keeper or other tracking devises,
P.P.S As a way to reach more women who care about making this world a better place I have produced a speaker series called Women Changing the World with 30+ dianamic speakers. If you'd like to check it out you can here http://bit.ly/1pp0yvH
P.P.P.S We have a new website! it's still under some construction but please come check it out and say hi!:) www.globalsorority.com
Let’s give girls in Lebanon an opportunity to shine and bring their communities together in peace!
Each year the country of Lebanon holds the Beirut Marathon of peace, when thousands of runners from 49 countries come to participate and show their support for the idea that running can be much more than a flight response to war.
Right now there are an estimated 915,145 refugees from the Syria living in Lebanon, a country that has always been torn between ongoing conflicts in the region.
We are bringing Global Sorority’s Leadership education course to Lebanon in partnership with the American community school, Run4aCause and the Beirut Marathon.
We will be delivering leadership education to groups of young women as well as giving them an opportunity to run in a 10k race in conjunction with the Marathon
You can help make this all possible by participating in GlobalGiving’s Youth Spark donor matching event on June 25th starting at 9:00 AM PST or 12:00 PM EDT.
Each dollar you donate to global sorority’s education and community fund will be matched at 100% That’s right! Your donation gets doubled! So we can help twice as many girls find the confidence inside themselves to lead a brighter future. Please set a reminder in your calendar or log in early because matching funds will run out quickly
Gaining these leadership skills and internal tools will be an empowering and life-changing opportunity for the young women you support. But running in this race will also boost their self esteem, and make a loud statement that girls can do anything they set their minds to!
In Lebanon and some other parts of the Middle East girls actually have equal access to education, (progress worth celebrating!) Although education alone is not having as much of an impact on society as would be imagined. What is missing from the equation is a girl’s ability to see herself as equal and capable of contributing alongside her mail counterpart.
“In Lebanon, for example, women make up 54% of university students, but only 26% of the labor force and 8% of legislators, senior officials and managers, according to the United Nations Statistics Division.”
“Although women have found opportunities in all fields, few have achieved senior positions in their fields. For example, women comprise 90 percent of the workforce in banks but account for only 19 percent of bank general and assistant general managers”
Leadership development is a key component to girls actualizing their educations and contributing their strengths and abilities to their own society in ways that build on stability and economic security.
If we want peace and stability in the world, we believe women need to step into rolls in their societies in a more collaborative way and co-create the solutions for peace.
Every dollar donated to Global Sorority goes toward delivering high quality and comprehensive leadership education to girls in parts of the world that most need it. We are an all volunteer staff and work tirelessly to make your contributions count!
PS. To learn more about the Beirut Marathon and it’s bridge to peace, check out the attached inspiring link.
Global Sorority is currently in Cape Town South Africa delivering Leadership education to a group of young women in the Lwandle township, As well as offering support to the Heldeberg rape crisis center. This center administers mental, emotional and medical support to the Summerset community and surrounding townships. They help women, men and children, including babies as young as 5 months of age, with antiretroviral medication, emergency care, therapy and continued support, food and transportation as well as safe housing for women. We have done intensive interviews the last few days with survivors of sexual violence and will be sharing some of those stories in the next Global Sorority film series of the empowering journey they've taken towards healing.
This trip is a little different from some of our other international trips because we have allowed 8 young female university students from North America to join us. They have all taken our Elements of Success Leadership training and are getting the experience of helping to facilitate the workshops to other young women in the township. It has been an amazing testament to sisterhood and how young women can come together and make a positive difference in each-others lives and the lives of girls around the world.
Our South African group of young women have shown great courage showing up each day, and pouring their hearts and energies into their leadership education. They have already decided that on the upcoming African Youth Day they will take to the township square and share what they have learned over the passed weeks. When you give women resources and education, they will naturally take what they have learned and share it with everyone in their community. Because of this the ripple effect of our programs and awareness campaigns reach far and wide, and effect many more lives than the handful of participants that get to attend an actual workshop.
Ruth the townships rape councilor and group coordinator will be given resources and training to continue to support young women with the Elements of Success training in Cape Town. This creates a continued connection to our organization and sustainability for the work that we bring into a community.
Thank you for Supporting Global Sorority and girls Leadership education and for bringing girls together to make a difference.
PS. If you support the idea of girls finding their inner confidence and gaining the tools they need to help eachother succeed, then please consider supporting Girls leadership education through Global Sorority on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. There will be $200,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft, and the matching will be applied at 100%!
We recently returned from two weeks in Mexico, facilitating a leadership workshop for 20 girls and establishing the first Global Sorority chapter in Latin America. This will hopefully lead the way to the expansions of our girls' programs and to a beautiful new relationship with our closest neighbors to the south!
We were working in Merida, the capital of the Yucatán peninsula, which by the beginning of the twentieth century had the distinction of hosting more millionaires per capita than any place on the face of the earth. Although it has retained it’s wide tree-lined boulevards and French style colonial mansions, the patina of poverty has crept over most of the city previously referred to as the Paris of Mexico. The wealth once produced by plantations of henequen is long gone. Carved by history are vast divides between the indigenous Maya people and the European families who benefited from their labor.
Along with these divides comes a strong preference for lighter skin, similar to that seen in India. There we worked with very poor girls whose families would still pay for skin lightening creams such as “fair and lovey for teens” because they were afraid their daughters would have even more limited opportunities if they appeared "too" dark skinned. To our surprise the girls we worked with in Merida also perceived their dark Mayan skin, brown eyes and hair color to be a barrier in life.
In our training, girls have an opportunity to look very closely at self-limiting belief systems. They learn that embracing who they are inside can steer their story towards one of success. They discover with their strengths, unique qualities and contributions, they can stand much taller than the media, society or anyone else tells them. In a word, that’s empowerment! No one can take that away because these strengths are built from the inside, not dependent on socioeconomic status, education or skin tone.
So, yes, we travel thousand of miles to teach leadership skills to girls and we touch on some topics and issues that most people don’t associate with leadership. But a true leader must believe in themselves, realize their value and know that their voice matters.
Thank you for your continued support and for helping to shape the lives and futures of our someday leaders!
Hello and happy holidays!
Hopefully you made it through all the shopping madness of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Whew! I for one feel like I did a lot more running around than actually accomplishing the things on my list:) December turns into the busiest month of the year for me no matter what I do to circumvent it. I’m driven to do more and work harder because with all the to-do’s on my list, the girls we haven’t reached yet are at the very top, and the best gift I can give to them is to reach-out to people like you who care, and ask them to join us in creating a movement towards equality and all the good that comes from achieving that.
So with all of my running around, thinking about our girls and our awesome donors, it got me wondering how we could make this season easier on our community of supporters. How can I help them sit back and accomplish a couple of cool things at the same time? So we went shopping for you and we come bearing gifts! Wrapped in pretty pink tissue and ready to re-gift or keep for your-self:)
If you were thinking of making a donation over the holidays please take a look at our Gifts for Good campaign because we'd love to be able to give something back to you as a thank you for all of your support. And if you’ve already joined our Gifts for Good campain, then your gift is in the mail:)
Blessings and Joy to you this season.
Tia and the Global Sorority team.
P.S. Next up for our team is the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico to work with a community of young women there. Please see attached to find out more and see some cute pictures.
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