Hello Girl Effect Supporters,
It’s time for another update on all the exciting things that have been accomplished because of your generous contributions in the last few months. There has been a great deal of activity with the Girl Effect and its related projects, and this worthy cause continues to gain momentum as time goes on! The Nike Foundation’s girl-related efforts are mentioned in Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s new book, "Half the Sky," which is getting a large amount of press attention from venues that vary from morning news shows to The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In the last few months, we’ve added a new project to the beneficiary list of Girl Effect-related projects, we’ve had a few friends visit some of the projects and send us personal accounts of how things are going, and we’ve had quite a few of our existing projects expand in breadth and scope. Here are some examples:
• The Harambee Center is the newest addition to the list of Girl Effect Fund beneficiaries. They are equipping science classrooms with labs for 200 girls in Uganda. Science courses and lab work is compulsory in Uganda, but until now most girls didn’t have equal access to equipment or labs.
• Leah Ambwaya, a professional evaluator working with Excelsior, is visiting a number of GlobalGiving projects in Kenya this year, including Equality Now’s project, Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund. Despite her much more extensive description of the visit, her thoughts on Equality Now can be best summed up by her response to the question of what she would tell her friends about this project: “Incredible. You need to see this!”
• The Berhane Hewan project, working in Ethiopia, is one of the first rigorously evaluated programs to delay the age of marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. Due to the success of the program, it is scheduled to expand into additional communities. Additionally, the message is spreading widely throughout Ethiopia; the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Population Council started a national campaign to raise awareness throughout Ethiopia.
Thank you for your continued support to these commendable causes. We have now raised more than $150,000 for Girl Effect-related causes, and due to your generosity and the amazing viral nature of the Girl Effect video, that number and its affects continue to grow.
The GlobalGiving Team