2018 was filled with so many great activities and lasting accomplishments. The girls of Steer town Primary had the most remarkable summer camp in the area. In two weeks, the girls were able to draft a business plan, create a logo, design and manufacture a product, deliver a service to a target market and visit the University of the West Indies. The campers didn’t have all the fun, our students at Ocho Rios Primary and Oracabessa Primary were feted before graduation. Thanks to support from our donors and corporate partners we were blessed with computers, a stove, refrigerator and food donations. While we are very grateful for 2018 and all the blessings it brought our way, we are looking forward to doing much more in 2019.
Please continue to support our efforts to bring more campers, more clubs and scholarships in 2019!
Thank you for participating in our Raise the Girlz Campaign 2018. It was a huge success. Our International Women's Day Spoken Word event was beyond memorable. The girls performed original pieces that spoke to their experience as young girls in Jamaican Society. The girls talked about shame, loneliness, joy, friendship, fear and love. Over a dozen girls performed their original pieces to an audience of close to 30. There was even a dance and musical performance. The girls enjoyed learning Colbie Caillat's "Try." I don't think it is a song they will be forgetting anytime soon. The event gave the girls an opportunity to speak freely, socialize and enjoy a meal together.
Your donations helped us to enrich the lives of so many girls. We were able to attend to very specific individual needs to include transportation to and from school, books, computers, supplies and food for the leadership center. We are deeply grateful and look forward to your continued support.
The ability to travel to school is important for every girl. There is no school bus or bus pass available to students traveling to and from school on a daily basis. Each family has to find their very own means to get their children to school. Children forced to travel far distances must find hundreds of dollars daily for bus and taxi fares. In situations where parents and guardians are unemployed, or are struggling to make ends meet, a high incidence of absenteeism results. Sadly, there are the anecdotal reports of teenaged girls, needing to get to school, currying favour with unscrupulous taxi drivers and conductors.
Tammy has had spotty attendance her entire high school career. The trip to her district in rural St. Ann requires three taxis. Even though she is a bright student, her inability to attend classes on a regular basis has made it difficult for her to excel in her studies. Thanks to our Raise the Girlz in Jamaica Campaign we are able to help Tammy travel to school regularly. Although very shy about her need, Tammy will pull our director to the side to gently remind her that she will be needing help for the coming week. Now she makes it to school daily and even has an opportunity to play a more active role in the after-school programs at the GWG Leadership Center. Even though, chores are reassigned weekly, Tammy has become the chief snack maker. She loves preparing snacks for all the girls to enjoy after-school.
“You, the donor, made this possible!” She is pictured along with her girlz enjoying a fun-filled group activity.
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