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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