For our mom
The young women in Girl Scouts of Central Maryland's Beyond Bars and GIFT programs are isolated from their mothers and family during a time that will go down in history as one of the most frightening periods in their lives. Most of us can relate to the feeling of loss of control that COVID19 has produced - and the vulnerability we all have to contracting a virus that can be life-changing. For these Girl Scout families, with mothers or daughters living in a confined environment, that vulnerability is compounded. These settings, whether the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women or the Waxter Children's Center, have been shown to be an environment with higher risk for the spread of this virus.
These mothers and daughters have built a strong sense of courage, confidence and character through Girl Scouts --to be resourceful and resilient. This knowledge and set of skills have served them in ways they could not have imagined. Girls and troop leaders have strengthened their bonds during this unprecedented time through activities designed to provide enriching experiences and respite.
But there is more work to be done in the face of new challenges. These young women need our support and attention now more than ever. GSCM has worked to overcome new obstacles occasioned by the stay-at-home orders, and the prohibition of visitors, to keep girls and families connected in other ways. Disposable cameras, materials and supplies have allowed girls to create photo journals for their mothers. They look forward to communicating with their moms, even amidst all the challenges they face of isolation from friends, school and family. Zyan's note is so touching, telling her mom about what makes her happy and said. Her questions to her mom are written with the hope that her mom will write back to her soon. The photos show that Girl Scouts can discover, connect and take action no matter where they are.
In an effort to help close the digital divide exposed in many communities as a result of COVID19, GSCM is raising funds and in-kind donations to provide computers with pre-installed software to many girls. We hope that this can be another tool for girls to connect with their familes.
These opportunities would not be possible without the continued generosity of volunteers and donors. Girl Scout families extend their most heartfelt thanks for your continued interest in their success.