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Photo from Shadhika Project Inc
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. 

Photo from Special Families Saint Julie Billiart
Photo from Special Families Saint Julie Billiart
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!

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
Beyond Borders
Beyond Borders
ABKT
ABKT
Afghan Institute of Learning
Afghan Institute of Learning

The 2017 cohort of the GlobalGiving Girl Fund has been working hard this year to empower girls all over the world! The Girl Fund consists of six projects from Vietnam, India, Afghanistan, Kenya, Nigeria, and the Dominican Republic, providing access to education, legal protection, health care, or training and job skills so that girls can thrive. Here’s a quick update on what our GlobalGiving Girl Fund projects have been up to!

Afghan Institute of Learning recently implemented the MIRA program at its two clinics in Herat. The program is a mobile phone-based health system that enables better monitoring of pregnant women by their medical caregivers. So far, 2,695 families and 313 pregnant women are registered through the MIRA program. Community Health Workers collect weekly data from families. Additionally, AIL has treated over 109,574 patients and provided health education for over 84,920 at its clinics and learning centers so far this year.

The young leaders in the Mariposa Girls Leadership Program have been taking full advantage of their summer break! Mariposa girls in the Summer Leadership Camp program, all girls living in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic, have conquered activities this summer ranging from mountain biking, to surfing, to practicing their math and readings skills to prep for the upcoming school year.

Motorbikes and bicycles are the two main forms of transportation in Vietnam, but if you cannot afford them, walking long distances can be a great barrier to education. Girls in Vietnam ride their bikes to school, to the doctor, even to buy groceries for their families. That is why Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund continues to give out bikes to girls in Vietnam, in order to encourage and empower them to stay in school!

This year, WISER girls at WISER International  competed in the Migori County Science and Engineering fair against 360 other schools. WISER ranked #1 in the Girls School category and #3 in schools overall! Additionally, this past summer Duke University students led a robotics workshop with an introduction to basic computer programming at WISER.

Timeout for Africa's USA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Ambassador promoted STEM by hosting an expo in Virginia this past July, which had 24 girls present and exposed them to STEM activities such as coding, engineering, circuits, and science experiments. Timeout 4 Africa is excited to provide two scholarships to girls for the second annual STEM Girls Shine Expo in Nigeria later this year!

The Desai Foundation celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day with a launch of their sanitary napkins brand at a school & community center in Untdi. The launch consisted of a ceremony with thousands of women and a talk on menstrual health management and other women’s issues.

These projects are made possible by your contributions to the GlobalGiving Girl Fund! Thank you for your committed support to empowering young female leaders around the globe.

The Mariposa DR Foundation
The Mariposa DR Foundation
Rock-Paper-Scissors Children
Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Foundation
WISER International
WISER International
Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation
Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation
The Desai Foundation
The Desai Foundation
Rock-Paper-Scissors Children
Rock-Paper-Scissors Children's Fund

GlobalGiving is honored to partner with innovative and inspiring projects focused on improving the lives of women and girls. We are pleased to announce the GlobalGiving Girl Fund cohort for 2017. From the Vietnam countryside, to India and Afghanistan, over to Kenya and northern Nigeria, and across the Atlantic Ocean to the Dominican Republic the impact of your generosity spans the globe!

These six projects are supported by their local communities and committed to growing their impact and programmatic effectiveness. Whether their focus is on education, healthcare, empowerment through entrepreneurship, or leadership, each project is creating more opportunities for girls around the world than there have ever been before. Today, we are excited to share their work with you, and we are incredibly grateful for all the individual donors just like you that want to give girls every opportunity to grow up and succeed!

It is our pleasure to introduce you to the six projects that your donations are supporting this year. We can’t wait to see the impact that your donations make. Thank you for your kindness!

#1- 100 Bikes for 100 Girls

Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund is giving girls in Vietnam reliable transportation so they can get to school each and every day without the threat of walking by foot where they are susceptible to human trafficking and the sex trade.

#2-  Keep Girls in School and out of Marriage in Kenya

WISER International is combatting early childhood marriage in Kenya by empowering girls to stay in school, pursue college degrees, and take ownership over their life choices.

#3- STEM Camp for Girls in Minna: Promoting Creativity

Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation is inspiring girls in Minna, Nigeria to be the innovators of the future through incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs in primary schools. Their work inspires both creativity and leadership in girls.

#4- Unleash the Leader in a Girl

The Mariposa a DR Foundation is educating, empowering, and employing girls living in poverty so that they can become future leaders for social change in the Dominican Republic.

#5- Menstrual Health Resources and Employment in India

The Desai Foundation is helping women become entrepreneurs in Gujarat, India through their Sanitary Napkin Program. Their work empowers women to manufacture, distribute, and sell high quality, low cost sanitary napkins throughout their communities.

#6- Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women

The Afghan Institute of Learning has a proven record on expanding girl’s education in Afghanistan. Through their Learning Centers they are bringing healthcare and education to women and girls who would otherwise go without.

Your donation to the GlobalGiving Girl Fund is helping girls across the world avoid daily threats of abuse, pursue an education, become STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals, and lead their communities. Thank you for your continued commitment to them!

The Mariposa a DR Foundation
The Mariposa a DR Foundation
The Desai Foundation
The Desai Foundation
WISER International
WISER International
Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation
Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation
Afghan Institute of Learning
Afghan Institute of Learning
 

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