Girl Effect Fund

by GlobalGiving
Oct 25, 2012

The Second Annual Girl Effect Challenge

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.

  • Miriam E
    Miriam E Thanks for the update! What great work is being done on behalf of adolescent girls in developing countries!
    • 3 years ago
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