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Aug 11, 2010

Girl Effect Update, August 2010

A sample from Be!
A sample from Be!'s graphic novel

Dear Girl Effect Supporters,

Thanks to your continued generosity, The Girl Effect Fund has raised almost $250,000 on GlobalGiving for its beneficiary organizations.

The Girl Effect tells us that if we invest in a girl, she will do the rest.

The following project updates demonstrate this very principle. Here are a few ways that your investments in the world’s girls are paying off:

Inspiring Girls to Become Entrepreneurs In India, Be! uses multimedia to inspire girls to choose to become entrepreneurs and to solve the social, economic & environmental problems they face in their lives.

With your support, Be! is creating a graphic novel that features the character of Tara, a young girl who starts her own enterprise by renting solar lanterns to street vendors and residents in her community—and changes her life and her whole community in the process!

Life and Livelihood Skills for Young Women In Tanzania, BRAC will be hosting a life skills training course to help adolescent girls acquire skills like critical thinking, self awareness and negotiation and to learn about early pregnancy, early marriage, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. To prepare for these trainings, the life skills training course has been provided to mentors who will work with the adolescent girls.

In addition, BRAC has been hosting livelihood trainings that empower adolescents economically in fields such as tailoring, photography, food processing, computers, and agriculture.

BRAC is getting the parents and wider community involved in supporting the girls as well. Community involvement is occurring through forums with the girls’ mothers, parent meetings and workshops with community leaders.

Microfinance Groups Build Girls’ Savings In Bangladesh, BRAC is operating 50 girls’ groups being led by trained teenage leaders and mentors. In addition, microfinance groups are running and all of the members are saving with the program. Approximately 40% of members between the ages of 15 and 21 have borrowed from the program to invest in an income-generating activity.

As these projects show, when you invest in a girl, she will do the rest. Thank you for supporting girls through The Girl Effect.

Sincerely, The GlobalGiving Team

Girls at a Safe Space meeting in Bangladesh
Girls at a Safe Space meeting in Bangladesh
Women at a microfinance meeting in Tanzania
Women at a microfinance meeting in Tanzania
Aug 2, 2010

Project of the Month Update: August 2010

Dear Project of the Month-ers,

Here’s what you’ve been up to:

July 2010 donations: $720 from 31 members Where it went: Support Amputee Soccer in Sierra Leone

In just one month, you provided the following for amputee soccer players: • One set of forearm crutches; • Education or a micro credit loan for two amputees; • Three uniforms; • Two soccer balls; and, • Two pairs of protective gloves to use with the forearm crutches.

This means that you have: • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem of amputees; • Improved the health of amputees; • Provided opportunities for economic self-sufficiency for amputees; • Fostered peace and rebuilding in Sierra Leone following years of devastating war; and, • Helped increase the acceptance of amputees in their society.

Thanks for making all that possible!

And what until you see what’s in store for August, when you support: Restore Eye Sights to 500 Bangladeshis

Blindness is widespread in Gaibandha district in Bangladesh, where people are very poor. Karmirhath endeavors to provide surgery to correct cataracts and has already completed 40 operations and hope to do many more.

The impact is immense. The people who regain their eyesight become immediately productive, with one man reporting, “I am now able to go back to my profession of tailoring and earn livelihood for my family.” Then there are the psychological gains for the patients and their families. One patient saw his two-years-old grandson for the first time thanks to the surgery,

Great!

We’ll be in touch next month to let you know how your participation in Project of the Month made a difference in Bangladesh.

Sincerely, Mari

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Jul 1, 2010

Project of the Month Update: July 2010

Dear Project of the Month-ers,

Here’s what Project of the Month has been up to:

June 2010 donations: $700 from 29 members Where it went: A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

In just one month, you provided more than: • Three solar lighting units for a student to study during evening hours; • Training for three people on repair and maintenance of solar units and three sets of tools for local repair and maintenance service centers; and, • Three households with a set (2 lamps and 1 solar panel) of solar lighting.

This means that you have: • Reduced fire hazards and environmental pollution-->improvement in quality of life and health (especially of children and women). • Provided better studying conditions and an increase in evening economic activity, not to mention a reduction in dependence on imported kerosene-->economic growth; and, • Helped reduce global warming-->a healthier earth.

Awesome. Thanks for being a part of this.

Next month's project:

Got World Cup fever? So do we! That’s why in July, Project of the Month will be supporting the project: Support Amputee Soccer in Sierra Leone.

The use of amputations as a weapon of fear and intimidation was a common practice during the 10 year civil war in Sierra Leone. Amputees live alarmingly below the poverty line and are forced to live as outcasts.

Amputee soccer is reversing the negative perception of amputee victims. Their success as athletes has transformed them from social outcasts to victors.

Score!

We’ll be in touch next month to let you know how Project of the Month made a difference for amputee athletes in Sierra Leone.

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