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Thank you for continuing to support our cohort of nonprofits working to accelerate gender equality in their communities around the world. Though COVID-19 has brought numerous new challenges to the social sector, our incredible Girl Fund partners are stepping up and innovating to respond to those who need extra support during this trying time. 

Your generosity is helping women and girls to be their own agents of change and leaders in difficult circumstances. 

Earnestine teaches her community how to stay safe throughout the pandemic

Almost two-thirds of women age 15 and up in Senegal are illiterate, and only 16% of Senegalese girls go on to secondary school, UNICEF estimates. To help change the statistics, Women's Global Education Project (WGEP) is providing education access, mentoring, and tutoring to more than 500 girls in rural Senegal, helping them fight the causes and effects of poverty in their lives and raise their voices on issues that affect them. 

When COVID-19 became a global crisis in mid-March, high school girls in WGEP’s leadership program wasted no time in finding ways to support their communities. One student leader, Earnestine, used the public speaking and advocacy skills she learned through WGEP to volunteer with her community’s Red Cross committee. During this time, she distributed hand sanitizer and helped community members follow best practices for handwashing. Earnestine shares, 

  • "During this pandemic period, I felt challenged by the Red Cross’s call to raise awareness of COVID-19 in the world and our country. Every morning, we go to the different strategic points of the city where many people pass to enter the city. From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., passersby are asked to wash their hands with all the necessary equipment.”

Viola uses her entrepreneurial skills to support herself and her baby

Because many adolescent girls in Uganda lack access to education, they are often forced into situations of low-paid work, early marriage, unwanted pregnancy, and sexual and domestic violence. 

Act4Africa brings out-of-school girls in rural Uganda together to form tight support groups and receive training on sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, and skills for building sustainable livelihoods. 

As a young, unmarried mother, Viola faces disproportionate challenges in achieving financial stability. But with Act4Africa’s support, she says she is providing for herself during the lockdown while planning for the future:

  • “With the many challenges notwithstanding, this season has kept my mind so focused and innovative in creating and finding opportunities that can earn me and my relatives a livelihood, owing to the entrepreneurial skills that I attained from Act4Africa...On top of selling the vegetables from my backyard garden and tailoring, I have also learned how to make clay stoves that I plan to sell during and after this lockdown season.”

These stories only scratch the surface of the ways this year’s cohort is setting women and girls up for success, throughout the pandemic and beyond. From conducting virtual health education sessions with adolescent girls in Mumbai to supporting high school girls with remote learning in the Dominican Republic, your generous support of the Girl Fund is making a difference. I can’t wait to share more updates with you in the future!

With Gratitude, 

Claire + the GlobalGiving Team

Stay up-to-date with the work and progress of this year’s Girl Fund leaders by seeing their most recent project reports:

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Happy New Year from GlobalGiving! As we head into 2020, we are seeking your feedback. 

We are so grateful for your generosity to the GlobalGiving Girl Fund and want to provide you with the most meaningful and transparent experience possible. 

Please share your thoughts about the Girl Fund with us in this short survey. Your feedback will greatly help us as we strive to improve the fund and should only take a few minutes. 

Your support is critical to ensuring community-led nonprofits have the resources they need to empower women from all walks of life to succeed: mentally, physically, economically, and socially.

Thank you!


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Photo from Shadhika Project Inc

By supporting the GlobalGiving Girl Fund each month, your donation is supporting community-led organizations that are committed to providing opportunities for girls to thrive all over the world. In April, we introduced you to this year’s cohort of nonprofits. Now, we want you to meet one of the girls whose life you’ve touched.

Sabah, a student in India, received a scholarship and recently graduated from a university thanks in part to your support of our Girl Fund partner,  End Child Marriage Through Education by the Sadhika Project, Inc. The project gives young women full university scholarships, allowing its recipients to escape the threat of child marriage and pursue their own dreams. Here’s what Sabah wanted you to know about her experience:

"After I have received a scholarship from Shadhika, my parents changed their thinking and they postponed my marriage. If I didn't get a scholarship, I would have gotten married. Now they want me to study more and complete my dream." 

This story gets even better! After graduating from college, Sabah became one of Shadhika's first interns and eventually was offered a full-time position with Shadhika. Project Leader Kendra Nicolai says that Sabah is an asset to the organization, a leader for young women across India, and that she stands up for her rights and for the rights of girls around her.  

Sabah also wanted to tell other girls about the importance of being educated:

"Being an educated girl in India is about handling situations and understanding others.  Being educated spreads knowledge and awareness. Educated girls stand by themselves and make pillars of others." 

And not only is this good news for womenit is good news for the communities they go on to lead and impact for the better. Because of your generosity, girls like Sabah around the world are able to get the support they need to overcome the barriers they face each day. 

Thank you again for your generosity. We can’t wait to show you what our partners are up to next. 

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Photo from Special Families Saint Julie Billiart
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Students of Timeout for Africa, a Girl Fund winner
Students of Timeout for Africa, a Girl Fund winner

As a GlobalGiving Girl Fund donor, you break down barriers for girls around the world by providing steady, monthly support to highly effective projects. Each year, we select a new cohort of projects, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to this year’s selections.

We relied on the power and the wisdom of the crowd to select four of our winning Girl Fund projects. Each raised more than $8,000 in two weeks from their community to secure a spot in the fund. The four winners in turn selected two additional projects with a demonstrated history of impact and feedback-based decision-making in their community to join the fund. 

Without further ado, say hello to the 2019 Girl Fund winners! This year, you are: 

Helping girls explore science, technology, engineering, and math with Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation in Nigeria.

Timeout for Africa is led by husband-wife duo Jonathan and Yovonda Kolo. They founded the organization to enrich the African childhood experience through education and sports. The Girl Fund will support their STEM camp for girls in Minna, a city in west-central Nigeria. “Basic school materials and equipment like desks and chairs and science and technology supplies are often missing from the class environment,” Jonathan explains. With support from the Girl Fund, girls in the camp will not only have access to basic supplies, they’ll be able to explore science, technology, engineering, and math with discovery kits, laptops, lego blocks, and more. Learn more.

Making space for girls to discover their independence with Polycom Development Project in Kenya.

Polycom Development was founded in 2005 in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Its mission is to empower women and girls from Kibera to take charge of their futures. “Girls in many situations have no one to give them hope, and they keep all these frustrations to themselves,” explains Jane Anyango, a Polycom project leader. With support from the Girl Fund, Jane hopes to help 1,000 girls from Kibera graduate from high school. She and her team will provide a range of resources, from scholarships to sanitary napkins, to help girls confront the challenges that threaten their education and wellbeing. Learn more.

Dispelling taboos, myths, and misconceptions about periods with International Association for Human Values in India.

Social taboos, myths, and misconceptions about periods are still strong in parts of India. International Association for Human Values is combating the negative misconceptions around women’s menstruation and health in rural areas of the country. The Human Values team now operates in 24 states across India. In one year, they trained 1,490 volunteers who in turn provided menstrual educational services to 19,500 girls. With support from the Girl Fund, their reach will continue to grow. Learn more.

Ending child marriage through higher education with Shadhika Project in India.

“Shadhika” means “a girl with aspirations” in Bengali. It’s a fitting name for a powerful initiative. With support from the Girl Fund, the Shadhika Project will cover all the costs associated with college—including tuition, books, transportation, nutritious meals, and housing—for the most at-risk girls in India. Focusing on education allows girls to break the cycle of poverty, earn an income, and provide for their future families, according to Kim Burnett, Shadhika’s project leader. She explains, “In the long run, we hope to challenge the rigid cultural norms that promote gender discrimination and child marriage in India.” Learn more.

Combating violence against girls with disabilities with Special Families Saint Julie Billiart in Nicaragua.

Rebecca Trujillo and Marlena Hernandez lead Special Families Saint Billiart, a nonprofit dedicated to the development of children with disabilities in Nicaragua. As they evaluated their programs, they realized that boys were twice as likely to participate than girls, yet girls were disproportionately at risk of sexual abuse and violence. With support from the Girl Fund, they’ll be able to deliver a new program called Magical Shoes to reach more girls and combat violence. Magical Shoes will provide education, health, parenting, recreation, and violence prevention services to 25 Nicaraguan girls and their mothers. “We want mothers to see their daughters as human beings not as a handicap,” Rebecca said. Learn more.

Hosting girl-led clubs to reduce sexual exploitation with Self-Help International in Ghana.

Girls in rural Ghana want to stay in school, but it's not easy. It's a struggle to afford school supplies, let alone sanitary supplies. Without supplies, they miss a few days of school each month. Their grades suffer. Many girls never receive any sex education, and they suffer sexual exploitation and high teen pregnancy rates. Self Help International hosts Teen Girls Clubs in three Ghanaian villages—and club members’ junior high and high school graduation rates have improved. Women in the community volunteer to lead the clubs and girls set their club’s learning agendas. With help from the Girl Fund, the clubs will expand to new communities. Learn more.

Thank you for your continued support of the GlobalGiving Girl Fund. Because of you, girls from Nigeria, Kenya, India, Nicaragua, and Ghana will receive the support they need to reach their full and brilliant potential!

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Days For Girls International
Days For Girls International

This March, we held one of our most exciting campaigns, the second annual Girl Fund Campaign! During the month of March, six projects secured spots in the Girl Fund for the year based on community support and organizational impact. From Nepal to Nicaragua, these six projects work to provide greater opportunities for women and girls in all corners of the world.

It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Girl Fund projects for the next year. We can’t wait to continue to see the incredible work they do.

1. Shattering the Shame

Days for Girls’ Shattering the Shame project is a community-led push in Nepal to dismantle the stigma for girls surrounding menstruation. Local leaders are altering the dialogue for women and girls through talking circles, a women's health curriculum, awareness campaigns, and the distribution of menstrual hygiene kits.

2. Empower and Educate WISER Girls in Rural Kenya

WISER International provides young women with the resources they need to be change-makers in their own communities. They do this through providing education, psychosocial support, healthcare, and clean water.

3. Playing (Soccer) for Change in Nicaragua

Through sport, Soccer Without Borders strives to empower the next generation of Nicaraguan girls. Using a combination of on and off-field activities, including school scholarships and tutoring, Soccer Without Borders’ program opens opportunities for girls that they may not have otherwise.

4. STEM Camp for Girls in Minna, Promoting Creativity

Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation is inspiring girls in Nigeria to be innovators of the future by incorporating STEM programs in primary schools. Their work inspires both creativity and leadership in girls by providing basic supplies and creating an environment for students to explore scientific issues and think critically about the world around them.

5. Free, Educate, and Empower Girls in Rural Haiti

Beyond Borders works to train and mobilize grassroots leaders in communities to prevent child slavery. They do this by increasing girls' access to quality schools, launching Girls Clubs to provide safe spaces for organizing and sharing, and expanding efforts proven to prevent violence against women and girls.

6. Support Women’s Peacebuilding in Pakistan

Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation aims to increase women's political participation in the face of extremism and conflict in Pakistan. Their project empowers women through documentation, political training, and the creation of a forum where they can voice their concerns to policymakers.

Your donation to the GlobalGiving Girl Fund is helping girls across the world pursue an education, become STEM professionals, lead their communities, and so much more. Thank you for your continued commitment to them!

WISER International
WISER International
Soccer Without Borders
Soccer Without Borders
Timeout For Africa Education and Sports Foundation
Timeout For Africa Education and Sports Foundation
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Beyond Borders
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