Girl Effect Fund

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Mariposa girls enjoying art therapy !
Mariposa girls enjoying art therapy !

Your generous support has enabled The Girl Effect Fund to continue empowering girls all around the world. Check out what some of the projects in the fund have been up to below..

The SOLD Project managed to achieve a 95% retention rate of students staying in school in a village where more than half of the children are expected to drop out of grade school and are at high risk of sex trafficking. Moreover 84 of the 129 children in their scholarship program are now pursuing higher education. Faa, one of the students, shared her story about the  impact of The SOLD Project's work in Thailand.

Girl Determined in Burma facilitated a group of 70 girls, half of which were buddhist nuns, in a campaign to bring awareness to the taboo issue of domestic violence. This campaign was the foundation for an ongoing conversation that could hopefully change attitudes in homes and communities. Additionally, by late 2014, Girl Determined managed to attract 2000 girls in their weekly leadership circles that strive to address the issues of trafficking, dangerous labor, and other forms of violence that young girls face in Burma.

The Zimkids Orphan Trust continues to challenge traditional gender roles by training 100 orphan Zimbabwean girls in personal and vocational skills typically characterized as male. This includes courses in electrical wiring and tiling.  ZimKids is also in negotiations with a local motorcycle manufacturing company to train girls to build component parts.

Days For Girls International provided information about washable menstrual hygiene kits to approximately 30,000 girls and  9,040 girls received the necessary materials to make a shield, a liner and a bag. Furthermore, all target schools have been trained in reproductive health and many of the trained womens groups are now selling kits. Days for Girls recently organized a training session in Nansana. Not only were eight secondary school teachers trained in kit making, but they were also prompted to engage in the very important conversation of reproductive health and gender equity.

The Mariposa DR Foundation offered therapeutic art classes to 120 girls. The girls participated in a variety of projects such as creating personal journals, wrap dolls, self-affirming cards, and self-care boxes. The various mediums of art tackled the crucial themes of self-care, body and consent, self-esteem, and self-empowerment among several others. Mariposa has also been busy building a teaching kitchen that will further develop cooking and hospitality skills. According to the Mariposa project leader, tourism and hospitality is the number one industry in the Dominican Republic. Thus cultivating these skills can be a great career option for many of the girls.

Once again, thank you for your invaluable support ! Without generous donors like you, none of this would be possible.

Girls welding in Zimbabwe !
Girls welding in Zimbabwe !
Crystal of Hope Award Recipients in Vienna
Crystal of Hope Award Recipients in Vienna

Dear Girl Champs,

Exciting news!

The girl effect received the Swarovski Crystal of Hope Award for 2013 from AIDS LIFE.  Three of the organizations receiving funds from the Girl Effect Fund via GlobalGiving were presented the award at Life Ball, the largest charity event for AIDS in Europe, for their work with adolescent girls in communities affected by HIV and AIDS.  The award was presented by Hilary Swank and took place on May 25th in Vienna, Austria.

Since 2005, AIDS LIFE has honored an organization for its outstanding projects fighting HIV/AIDS with the “Life Ball Crystal of Hope Award” endowed with EUR 100,000 and sponsored by the Tyrolean Company Swarovski. The three organizations in attendance to receive the award on behalf of the girl effect, which will each benefit from the EUR 100,000 endowment, are:

Mariposa DR Foundation’s project, “Mariposa Center for Girls.”

Senhoa Foundation’s project, “Empower Girls Rescued from Slavery in Cambodia.”

The Shanti Uganda Society’s project, “Teen Girls Health & Empowerment in Uganda.”

Congratulations to these organizations for their incredible work addressing the potential girls have to prevent problems related to HIV/AIDS and end the cycle of poverty.

We’re thrilled to be able to share this honor with our Girl Effect Challenge 2012 winners. 

Pictured from left to right: Sadie St. Denis (Shanti Uganda), Patricia Suriel (Mariposa), Thi Nguyen (Senhoa), Lisa Nguyen (Senhoa), Ruth Craven (Senhoa) and Jessica Lawson (Mariposa).

Heshima Kenya, a 2012 Girl Effect Challenge Winner
Heshima Kenya, a 2012 Girl Effect Challenge Winner

Dear Girl Champs,

We are excited to introduce you to this year’s Girl Effect Fund recipients featured on GlobalGiving!  We have a fantastic group of twelve innovative programs working to empower adolescent girls living in poverty in various ways, ranging from health and education, to vocational training, and the fight against sex trafficking.  We’ll continue to update you on their progress and work throughout 2013, but first let us introduce you to them!

A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN)’s “Empower Marginalized Young Women in Ghana

Days for Girls International’s “Empower African Girl with Hygiene and Education

Girl Determined’s “Help Put Girls at the Forefront of Change in Burma

Global Interfaith Partnership’s “Equip Rural Kenyan Girls to GET UP Out of Poverty

Heshima Kenya’s “Education and Empowerment for Refugee Girls

Project Education South Sudan’s “Unleash the Leaders: 400 Girls in South Sudan

Senhoa Foundation’s “Empower Girls Rescued from Sex Slavery in Cambodia

Social Development International’s “Empower Teen Mothers Through Education in Cameroon

The Mariposa DR Foundation’s “Mariposa Center for Girls

The Shanti Uganda Society’s  “Teen Girls Health & Empowerment in Uganda

The SOLD Project’s “The Freedom Project: Prevention Through Education

Zimkids Orphan Trust’s “Building the Futures of 100 Zimbabwean Girls

Congratulations to these organizations and please join us in welcoming them to the Girl Effect Fund! The clock is ticking for 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty, and these incredible organizations are helping girls realize their potential to unleash a ripple effect of change – not only for her, but for her family, her community, and the world.

Girls & Football SA
Girls & Football SA

Title: The Second Annual Girl Effect Challenge

Dear Girl Effect Supporters,

This year’s GlobalGiving Girl Effect challenge is upon us!  Beginning November 1st, a host of girl-centered organizations will enter to win an equal portion of the Girl Effect fund for a year.  That money will go toward programs that effect positive change for marginalized adolescent girls.

As we begin the second Girl Effect challenge, let’s look at some of this past year’s Girl Effect Challenge winners and the programs they are running to empower young women around the world. 

The Blossom Bus is a project that allows girls in rural India to continue their schooling in areas where the female literacy rate is only 2%.  In areas far from secondary schools, where conservative local attitudes toward female mobility prevail, girls are often forced to drop out.  With the safe transportation provided by the Blossom Bus, girls like 16-year-old Afsana can become the first in their villages to reach grade 10. 

Girls & Football South Africa believes that football can empower girls.  In a safe, girls-only space, girls can feel just as powerful, strong, and deserving as boys.  Through football, workshops, and discussions they develop a sense of body ownership and self-esteem.  This year Girls & Football SA spoke at TEDxCapeTown, attended the Cup of Dreams tournament in Pretoria, launched a video to combat the idea of ‘corrective’ rape, and much more!

Daraja Academy for Exceptional Kenyan Girls is a boarding secondary school for Kenyan girls with top academic scores and exceptional leadership, but no means to continue their education.  The academy provides shelter, food, healthcare, and counseling services to girls, as well as the tools and resources to become critical thinkers, progressive leaders, and architects of their own futures.  Daraja teaches its freshmen the following phrase: “My future is brighter than my past, and I have the ability to have others see the same.”

These are just three out of twelve exceptional projects that have benefitted from The Girl Effect Fund this past year.  Contribute to the projects that you care about most during this year’s challenge to help them win a one-year spot on our fundraising page and an equal share of The Girl Effect Fund!

Interested in entering the Girl Effect Challenge in the future? See GlobalGiving’s terms and conditions.

Happy New Year, everyone!

We hope you’re enjoying 2012 so far.  Since we last wrote, there have been some exciting changes in the Girl Effect Fund, and we’re thrilled to tell you about them.

As of December 2011, the Girl Effect Fund is now supporting a great new group of girl-focused organizations!  As we mentioned in our last update, the first annual Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge took place in October and November of 2011, and of about 50 participating organizations, we have 12 amazing winners that will benefit evenly from the Girl Effect Fund through November 2012. The winners (in alphabetical order) are Afghan Institute of Learning, Asha Trust, Care for Vrindavan, Carr Educational Foundation, Girls & Football SA, Lotus Outreach, the Mariposa DR Foundation, the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Shining Hope for Communities, Soccer Without Borders, Solar Sister, and Vacha Charitable Trust.

With each of our Girl Effect Fund updates this year, we’ll plan to feature three of the winners.  This update’s highlights include:

Food for Life Vrindavan, which is preventing child marriage by sending 100 girls to school in Uttar Pradesh, India. The girls will receive free tuition, healthy meals, clothes, school supplies, healthcare, and family support services; and upon graduation, they will receive proceeds from a savings account to help give them a head-start after school.

Shining Hope for Communities, which is enabling adolescent girls in the Kibera slum of Nairobi to become economically self-sufficient through a holistic program of entrepreneurship and vocational training, sexual health education, artistic opportunities, and more.

Solar Sister, which has a girls’ empowerment program that reaches out to girls in Uganda living without access to electricity and provides them with access to safe, clean solar light.  The girls form micro-enterprise clubs and sell solar lights to their communities to earn money for school fees and learn about technology and business opportunities in a hands-on program that brings light, hope, and opportunity to girls and their communities.

These are just some of the inspiring programs your contributions to the Girl Effect Fund will be enabling this year.  Thank you from us and them for all of your generous support!

Best wishes,
The GlobalGiving Team


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Location: Washington, D.C. - USA
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