Help Global Sorority to Expand our Reach

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photos from the farm
photos from the farm

Hello, Or should I say Dia dhaoibh!

pronounced (JEE-uh DEE-iv) That's gaelic, meaning “God to you.”

I’m just flying back from Ireland today, which happens to be my home country when I'm not here in the US and it happens to be one of the first places that Global Sorority officially started working with young women and shared their unique experience with the world through the documentary series.

During that first year of Globalal Sorority's commig together we decided to set out on a quest to find out what girls around the world really needed, from- themselves, their communities and us the world, to truly succeed.

If we were going to pour our lives and donate every minute of our free time to this idea of empowering girls through leadership and self-development education, then we needed to find out if this indeed was what they and the world needed.

That first year and first documentary segment captured the lives and voices of girls from Ireland, Italy, Uganda, and India.

Having taught and filmed in many more countries since then, the susutainability of our work comes back to our ability to fundraise for, and share this work with girls and young women here in the U.S.

This fall our lead facilitator and our filmographer will be facing sub zero temperatures as they work with indigenous youth in the Northwest Territories of Canada and later this year we will be working with the women and girls of the Lokota people in north Dekota. This will bring us to the end of our research and filming, but the EOS leadership education component will continue with your help.

We’ve found that nothing works to shift a young woman’s future development and outcome as much as gaining internal leadership skills and the self-realization of her innate value to her community and the world.

So even if some of our girls in the developing world don’t go on to higher education (which many have!) They still have a much better chance of managing and creating a life that’s in alignment with who they are and which respects their value.

Touching base with the communities and young women we have worked with in the past is important to us because long-term progress and continued support is the direction that we are moving towards. 

Checking in with my Irish girls was very rewarding and amazing to see how they have grown. They are rippling out and effecting the world in positive ways. They are now going into law, engineering, speech and language therapy, and the list goes on.

Staying connected with all of the young women we’ve worked with who are spread across the world will take building a strong and robust online education platform so that girls from the USwho have gone through the trainng can connect, learn from and share in leadership development with sisters from accross the globe! And our other major goal is to set up safe spaces for girls in communities that are disadvantaged so they can continue to learn and grow.

Our first GS continued education center will be in Bangalore India. This will cost about $700 a month to rent space, hire staff and serve the girls and young women of the Vivek Negar slum. 

This is our mission for 2017 and I hope that you will join us on this journey to change lives from the inside out and change communities with the help of empowered female leaders who know their value to the world?

Thank you for all you do!

Hanging out with my buds! Bangalore
Hanging out with my buds! Bangalore
Saying goodbye. So proud of this group of girls.
Saying goodbye. So proud of this group of girls.
growing= Girls burying their limiting beliefs
growing= Girls burying their limiting beliefs

Global Sorority was started by two women on a mission to better understand why more donors in their field of work felt deeply compelled to give to girls in places far away, rather than to girls in their own local communities. When it was obvious to these two that young women right here in North America were suffering greatly around issues and realities that people seemed blinded to. Perhaps because these issues fell within our own cultural norms? The issues that girls in North America deal with are often behind the facade of everything seeming perfect on the outside, 

But when you really do the work and you ask the right questions and you build a safe space and community for girls to share what’s really going on, you soon see that everything is far from perfect!

They noticed when speaking to people that the idea of a girl being forced to haul water all day and miss out on an education was much more affronting and compelling to contribute to, than the need for services that addressed the rampant issues that plague our own low income, middle-class and affluent communities. Such as eating disorders, self-harm, sexual objectification, negative media effects, violence, trafficking, safety on campus, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and a wide list of others issues.

So they set out on a global mission to gather the voices of girls and young women from countries and communities far and wide to see what it was like to be a girl from all of these perspectives… What did they feel they needed most? What did they need to live to their full potential? What were they dealing with on a daily basis? And they found that although young women in every country and community had their own challenges, that actually there is so much more that connects us together as women than separates us.

They created a documentary film series with these young women’s stories and voices. What do our girls need from us? The ones far away in developing nations and the girls right here in our own back yard. What do they need from themselves and from their communities to be able to lead lives of equality and self defined purpose? To become leaders in their own lives and in society.

Our self-development and EOS leadership development programs and the documentary series all touch upon and positively effect extremely important issues that belong to all of us, not just to girls.

With your donation to Global Sorority you will help us to continue our work here at home and abroad, and to finish our documentary series so that it can be shared with girls and women, educators and nonprofits. We are a 100% volunteer operated and with your help we have been able to work and film and deliver resources to help girls succeed in India, South Africa, Uganda, Mexico, Lebanon, Vietnam, Ireland, Italy, and Canada.  And as we expand, more young women in the US will have access to our services and to be able to share their voices in our documentary series. We can’t do it without your help.

Thank you for everything that you do!

Expanding to more of North America!
Expanding to more of North America!
sharing and learning together is always more fun
sharing and learning together is always more fun
Thuli with her project Sock Monkey.
Thuli with her project Sock Monkey.

Staying in touch is harder to do than I ever imagined it would be.

Writing to you and keeping you in the loop is easy. It’s the young women in the communities we serve that are harder to keep up with.

We work with girls around the globe in remote places, where they deal with limited resources and access to things that we take for granted. Such as electricity, internet, safe spaces to gather, and consistency of local organizational support .

We’ve done a very good job at partnering with organizations in the communities we work in. Through them we have a life-line to the young women who’ve taken our programs, so we can check in with them and see what the girls need and how they are meeting their goals and expanding their lives.

People ask "do you keep in touch with all the girls that you deliver leadership courses to?" And my answer is we try our very best and sometimes we lose track of a young women along the way. It’s hard for me because I remember each one of them, their story, their struggles and their dreams.  I often lay awake at night wondering where they are and what they are doing.  And I’m comforted knowing that no matter what, they are in a better place from experiencing being a part of our community, for learning about themselves, how to communicate, shifting their internal dialog and self perceived value.

So in this newsletter I’m going to share with you one special young woman who has done an amazing job of keeping us in her life.

Her name is Thuli, she’s from South Africa and we met her when we went there to work with survivors of sexual violence in 2014

Since then there have been some amazing ups and some devastating downs, but her spirit is so resilient and her will to overcome despite everything stacked against her gives me hope, that no matter what a young woman may face, if she has the internal tools to meet challenges, think critically  and trust in her abilities  to lead her own life, then she can change the world and it starts with one girl at a time.

Thuli  stood out in our group as a natural leader,  She showed up every day on time and was willing to do the hard internal work, She told her story for our documentary project, and she also took what she learned from us and shared it with young girls in her community. She teaches dance to children at a community center, and she organizes camping trips for them and experiences that they would never get to have. She spends her own very limited money to make this happen. She records stories of women in her community, and because of Global Sorority and the EOS workshop she decided that she was worthy of going back to school.  She also took a small grant and turned it into a money making business venture printing garments.

This all sounds like it was rainbows and smooth sailing but what I didn’t mention was that Thuli lost her adoptive mother and mentor,  she had to temporarily drop out of school to help her blind brother who lost his sight from being beaten by a gang, And a world of other road blocks that I often wonder if I were her what I would ever do to keep going. And through it all, her proud moments and moments of deep shame, she writes and tells me how grateful she is that we came into her life and changed everything for the better.  And that was only possible because of you. 

Our big ask this year is to help us build our online platform so that we can more easily stay connected to the girls that we work with here in the US and all over the world and to continued to provide community, support, education  and  mentorship, even when we can't be there in person.  Please consider being a sponsor of this next big Global Sorority project so that the Thulis of the world don’t slip through the cracks.

Thank you!

 

A poem By Thuli

 

It takes those kinds of wounds to be that kind of a woman.

 

Those kinds of wounds making you feel like it’s the end of the world.

Those kinds of wounds that make you feel worthless, useless and human less.

Those kinds of wounds that take you to a world of loneliness, confusion and destruction.

Wounds that make you hate yourself so much that you don’t want to be a woman anymore.

 

It takes these kinds of wounds to be that kind of a women.

 

Wounds of a broken heart, abuse, violation, humiliation. Were everything that you once were. Is no more.

 

 These kinds of wounds to be this kind of a women.

 

A woman of courage

A woman of integrity

A woman of self love and respect

 The kind of a woman who doesn't take a yes for a no and a no for a yes

The kind of a woman who is not put down by negative talk

A women who has taken all her power to all those that have wronged her, by forgiving them, and letting go.

A woman who's confidence is heard in her speech, and felt by speaking all positive things to herself.

It takes those kind of wounds to be this kind of a women.

Students from the UN school made you a TY card
Students from the UN school made you a TY card


Sending Blessing for the New Year

As we head into the new year we want to say thank you for all that you have made possible!

So far with your help and commitment, we have reached 700 girls world-wide, in communities as far away as India, Lebanon, Vietnam, South Africa Uganda Mexico and beyond!

The girls and young women you support, will become the future leaders of these communities around the world. Their unique gifts, their spirit, their voices and their ability to create positive change is supported and made possible by you!

As we leave 2015 behind, we want you to know how much of an impact you have made. Please watch this video to get a short sneak peak at what you’ve already done!

https://vimeo.com/149932463

Please consider supporting a girl in 2016 to understand her value, gain leadership and self development education, and to join a community of peers and mentors so she can share her unique gifts and voice to change the world!

 

Thank you!

our quote on the wall, teaching at blue dragon
our quote on the wall, teaching at blue dragon
ready to burry written limitations in the garden.
ready to burry written limitations in the garden.

Links:

Hello, 

The Global Sorority team and our board of directores have been doing some majore strategic planning this summer, and thanks to you! We have some capital to move foreward with those plans to grow and expand and help more girls around the world. 

As you may know we are acting as an initiative under our sisiter organization Passion foundation in BC and we have a beautiful partnership with Global Giving here in the US. These partnerships and your support has allowed us to travel to 8 countries and deliver programming and resources to hundreds of girls. 

As Awesome as this has been, it's time to put on our big girl pants and become a full fledged 501c3 in the United statetes. This will allow us to applly for, and accept grants and larger donations form other foundations. And as that is happening we are putting all of our efforts into creating our online platform. Which is an important part in the answer to this question that we get a lot! 

"What happens after you leave a group of girls that you've been working with?” How do you know that you’re work will be sustainable and that they will use it to improve their lives and communities when you’re not there?”

These are great questions! Do you love the feeling you get when someone askes you an important question and you have the answer?:)

Our answer is simple and straightforward. 

The leadership tools we teach can be applied no-matter what a girls social, educational, or socioeconomic status might be. If she goes on to lead a fortune 500 company, or stays right where she is and lives out a traditional roll in the family and community. Our leadership program is a 14-hour course intensive, called the Elements Of Success.  We use progressive, collaborative, and holistic leadership development, that will allow each young woman to become a better leader, starting with a deep understanding of self.

 

Our programming is very much based on an inside out approach; when you build a strong you! It’s hard for anyone to take that away, or for it to run out when the funding is gone. And that is the most important piece to sustainability. Can we give the power back to the recipient to create the change that they and their community may need.

 

She won’t run out of knowing her core values,

She won’t lose her sense of self-awareness

No one can take away her ability to think critically or her solution focused mindset.

She can’t unlearn the things she's discovered about her relationship to herself and her body.

Drought doesn’t diminish her understanding of positive communication and negotiation 

 

The work we do is so vital, but so missing from the puzzle. A girl child could go all the way through the educational system and still lack everything it takes to be truly successful. When her belief systems around her value and worth haven’t shifted, if her ability to think critically and outside the box that was created for her is shut, if she doesn’t have a deep understanding of who she is, so that she can stand strong in her roll as a leader, then education alone wont have the impact that we’re hoping for.

 

We know that no matter what, the work that you make possible with us will shift and change a girl for the rest of her life.

 

We also create strategic partnerships with organizations in the communities that we work in, so that we can keep track, support and stay connected to what is happening in their lives.

 

Which leads into our huge goal for this year! And that we're asking for your help to make happen.

Global Sorority is working towards getting our online community platform up and running, so that girls have a place to come together and share in a safe space, and learn, no matter where they are in the world.  Just because we aren't there physically doean't mean the leadership training, mentoring, ongoing education and community support has to end. With an online membership for all the girls who have ever completed our training and who will in the comming years, it's a vital compnent! 

We are also starting to go back to some of the communities and organizational partnerships that have been really successful in implementing and supporting our work. Like Global Concerns India.  In 2013 we worked in the slums of Bangalore with an amazing group of young women whom many were on the cusp of being pulled from school and married. Happily we can report that our partnership with GLObal Concerns and the work done

what happens after you leave a group of girls that you've been working with?” How do you know that you’re work will be sustainable and that they will use it to improve their lives and communities when you’re not there?” 

These are great questions! Do you love the feeling you get when someone asked you an important question and you have the answer?:)

Our answer is simple, straightforward and honest.

The leadership tools we teach can be applied no-matter what a girls social, educational, or socioeconomic status might be. If she goes on to lead a fortune 500 company, or stays right where she is and lives out a traditional roll in the family and community. Our leadership program is a 14-hour course intensive, called the Elements Of Success.  We use progressive, collaborative, and holistic leadership development, that will allow each young woman to become a better leader, starting with a deep understanding of self.

 

Our programming is very much based on an inside out approach; when you build a strong you! It’s hard for anyone to take that away, or for it to run out when the funding is gone. And that is the most important piece to sustainability. Can we give the power back to the recipient to create the change that they and their community may need.

 

She won’t run out of knowing her core values,

She won’t lose her sense of self-awareness

No one can take away her ability to think critically or her solution focused mindset.

She can’t unlearn the things she's discovered about her relationship to herself and her body.

Drought doesn’t diminish her understanding of positive communication and negotiation 

 

The work we do is so vital, but so missing from the puzzle. A girl child could go all the way through the educational system and still lack everything it takes to be truly successful. When her belief systems around her value and worth haven’t shifted, if her ability to think critically and outside the box that was created for her is shut, if she doesn’t have a deep understanding of who she is, so that she can stand strong in her roll as a leader, then education alone wont have the impact that we’re hoping for.

 

We know that no matter what, the work that you make possible with us will shift and change a girl for the rest of her life.

 

We also create strategic partnerships with organizations in the communities that we work in, so that we can keep track, support and stay connected to what is happening in their lives.

 

It’s a huge goal for Global Sorority this year to get our online community platform up and running, so that girls have a place to come together and share in safe space, and learn, no matter where they are in the world.  (Calling on anyone who would love to be our community hero in this effort to bring our work to a global online platform:)

 

We are also starting to go back to some of the communities and partnerships that have been really successful and that our work had a huge impact on. Like Global Concerns India.  In 2013 we worked in the slums of Bangalore with an amazing group of young women whom many were on the cusp of being pulled from school and to be married. Happily we can report that many of those girls are still in school today, and are going on to university. Un-heard of!

We are in talks with the Global Concerns directors who supported that group so amazingly after we left, to find a way that we can start an ongoing Global Sorority chapter there. This will be our next full time running GS program outside of North America.

We would love for you to be a part of this growth and expansion. And to help add that vital and imperative piece to the puzzle when we are talking about girl’s education and female equality.

“A girl has to believe in her own value and potential, before she can convince anyone else”

 

Warmth and Blessings from the GS team. 

Working together
Working together
Safe-space, positive community and growing leaders
Safe-space, positive community and growing leaders
What all about me is good and worthy and of value?
What all about me is good and worthy and of value?
 

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