SMC student ambassadors for Safi Life
Spring was in full bloom this year for Safi Life as we entered into many new partnerships and collaborations.
First, we have been in communication with another wonderful GlobalGiving partner, Esther's Aid, that is currently looking to empower sex trafficking survivors in Rwanda. Part of Safi Life's mission is to help the vulnerable, meaning orphans, genocide survivors, and/or anyone who has been trafficked. We are hoping to collaborate with this wonderful organization and perhaps help to sponsor one of the survivors in attending a college or vocational school of her choosing.
This year is also bringing forth local collaborations, namely with the wonderful Hollywood Women's Collective. The HWC empowers women in the Los Angeles area who work in the entertainment industry through accountability, spiritual growth, project collaboration, and charity work. Their two charity partners are The Downtown Women's Center, helping women find a pathway out of homelessness, and Safi Life! We are honored to be connected to this amazing group of ladies, and are planning an end of the year fundraiser gala/art show to raise funds together. Details to come! (If you or anyone you know is an artist and may be able to donate a piece, please email us! firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lastly, we have built a wonderful partnership with a few passionate students at Santa Monica College. During the month of May the students helped us to raise awareness on their campus, and sell T-shirts both in person and online! We raised over $1200 for Safi Life through T-shirt sales, and even have a few left over to sell at our Safi Life charity walk in September! (Please follow us on Instagram or Twitter @safi_life, or Facebook TheSafiLifeFoundation for walk details). Additionally, many of the students are transferring schools, so we will be implementing Safi Life campus chapters at wonderful universities including UCLA in the fall! We are so inspired by these compassionate students and look forward to seeing all that they will do. Attached are photos of our SMC student ambassadors.
We cannot thank you enough for your generous donations to our mission. We already have two students excited to begin college in the fall, Zoula and Safi. These two young orphaned women want to study hospitality and tourism, changing the narrative surrounding Rwanda. Zoula is the youngest of 8 children, both of her parents were killed in the genocide, but she persisted in securing an education for herself and we will be helping her the rest of the way. Every dollar you give goes a long way in making these dreams come true. Zoula and Safi's photos are attached.
Have a wonderful summer!
SMC Students and Safi Life Executive Director
Zoula, new Safi Life scholarship recipient
Safi, new Safi Life scholarship recipient