Good for Girls Holiday Party in NYC

2019_HolsParty_Photog_v02_1200x628-01If you’re in NYC this December, please join us at the Good for Girls Holiday Party 2019!!

Dec 11th, 7-9.30pm
Hosted by Dave Dupuy Studios, 151 W 19th St, Unit 5C, New York

Minimum donation: $50/person*
(*all proceeds tax-exempt to the extent possible by law; only limited tickets available at the door so please purchase online in advance)

To rsvp and purchase tickets: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/good-for-girls-holiday-party-2019

 

Special guest speaker:  John Isaac, former UN photographer
 “The Pictures I Didn’t Take”

John Isaac worked for the United Nations as a photojournalist for over 20 years. Many of his assignments were in conflict and humanitarian crisis situations including the Israel/Lebanon conflict, the Vietnamese ‘boat people’ crisis, the Ethiopian draught, the Iran/Iraq conflict, and the humanitarian situations in Bosnia and Rwanda. After his retirement from the United Nations he became a wildlife photographer, continuing today to especially document threatened species like the tigers of India. 

John’s 45-year career has led to many national and international awards including Picture of the Year (1985), Professional photographer of the year (Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association, 1993), and the Lifetime Achievement award (2000) from the International Photographic Council. In 1991, the legendary Audrey Hepburn chose one of John’s photographs of her as one of her all time favorites for American Photo Magazine. In 1997 his exclusive photo of Michael Jackson’s first child Prince (1997) was featured in more that 350 international magazines.

 

 

Our annual fundraiser is live!!

GGRF 2019

Athletic scholars, Ethiopia. (Image courtesy of GGRF)

Help us raise $5000 to support our program partnerships for 2020!

Proceeds will go to supporting the launch of the third Girls Gotta Run athletic scholarship program, this time in the acclaimed coffee-growing region, Agaro (where coffee was discovered!) 

No amount is too little, every penny counts, as the grants we provide to our partners, with your support, may be small but very impactful.

Our grants help pilot or expand initiatives by small, on-the-ground organizations who work directly with girls and young women at risk. Our scholarships help remove financial burdens which can limit opportunities for girls, while also recognizing the hard work, motivation and inspiration that drives them to do better for themselves and their families. Importantly, because our grants are part of a long-term partnership and not one-off or ad-hoc, this helps our partners better budget and plan their programs each year, helping to ensure their work is sustainable.

Click here to donate!
(or copy/paste this link into your browser: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/good-for-girls-annual-fundraiser-2019)

WHAT ARE YOU HELPING US TO DO?

Partner – Girls Gotta Run Foundation

Since 2014, Good for Girls has partnered with the Girls Gotta Run Foundation in Ethiopia, where child marriage is a serious challenge and girls are often taken out of school once they reach puberty. We have helped them pilot and expand initiatives that reach girls through athletics and a life skills program.

Through scholarships, girls train as runners, and learn about issues that affect their lives such as nutrition, healthy relationships, and financial literacy. The running team represents a ‘safe space’ and peer-support group, and the scholarships help remove any financial burdens on the girls’ families so they can stay enrolled in school.

We also support Savings Groups for the mothers of these girls (many of whom are single mothers) to provide a peer-learning environment where they can better their livelihood skills to support their families.

In 2017, the very first co-hort of 15 girls graduated from the 3-year program – all are continuing their education, and all are no longer at risk of child marriage (read more: https://goodforgirls.org/2017/11/13/first-cohort-of-athletic-scholars-graduate/). Today, we help GGRF support over 200 girls and their mothers. 

In 2019, we were also proud to support the new GGRF Alumni program which gives tuition assistance to graduated girls from the GGRF program who want to go on to 11th and 12 grades. Only a tiny fraction of women throughout the country complete this ‘pre-college’ level of education.

Partner – LA County Dept for Children and Family Services

In 2019, we continued to award small, but meaningful scholarships to young women, through the Los Angeles County Department for Children and Family Services. Two of our recipients, who grew up in the foster care system, are entering their sophomore year of college.

East Brooklyn Community High School

Finally, in May 2019, we provided a small stipend to 7 girls in the graduating group of East Brooklyn Community High School, a transfer school that helps get kids back on track with a second chance at getting a High School diploma. The girls used the stipend to get dresses for the prom, or pay for childcare so they could attend.

 

Happy International Women’s Day!!

It might be called Intl Women’s Day, and while we women love to be made to feel special, what today really is about is gender equality. It’s about leveling the playing field for women and girls, about stepping up to stop gender-based discrimination, bias and injustic45097843_1867482513330069_8399529444703731712_o

And that’s where YOU come in.

You stepped up to help us give disadvantaged girls a better chance to get an education and learn important life skills. So today is for you. Thank you for being a champion for women and girls  – it’s what makes this day so meaningful.

And now… here’s a quick update from our partner Girls Gotta Run in Ethiopia. A few months ago, we told you about the mothers of the athletic scholars in Bekoji .* We told you about how the program is also helping the girls’ moms, through a Savings Group, where they get together once a week to save money and learn from each other about entrepreneurship. The moms were hoping to set up a shop in the local market so they could sell their goods collectively and ensure a steady income.

Well…THEY DID IT! The Mothers’ Shop was launched at the end of 2018, and it’s been doing really well. The moms work in shifts and often bring their little kids along as well. And the collective income they’re earning is far more than what they would have earned on their own.

As the head of the Bekoji Town Women’s and Children’s Affairs Office said: ” The women started saving from scratch and grew into a strong social enterprise. They created their own jobs. Many of the mothers had nothing when they started in the savings group, and now two years later they have started a business together. They can now sell their goods everyday instead of only on market days.”

*In 2015, GGRF (with support from us) started an Athletic Scholarship programme in Bekoji where girls participate on a running team, and complete a life skills and leadership curriculum. The median marriage age in Bekoji is 15, so adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to being taken out of school and married off. The scholarships help remove financial pressures on families and encourage more positive attitudes towards girls’ education and delayed marriage. The girls complete the program after 3 years armed with skills and knowledge to better tackle challenges they may face as they grow into adults.
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Pics by @wolfferine, courtesy of GGRF

We did it!

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We wanted to let all our friends and supporters know that thanks to your generosity, we have SURPASSED our fundraising goal for 2019!!
Whether you donated to our online Crowdrise fundraiser, or to our Facebook flash GivingTuesday event, or bought a tee from our t-shirt campaign, you helped us get to the finish line.

As 2018 draws to a close, from all of us at Project Good for Girls, our heartfelt thanks and wishing you and yours a safe, happy and healthy 2019 ahead.

Happy New Year!

Leigh Pasqual

Diana Yeo
Sha-Mayn Teh
Joanne Derwin
Mary Ng
Mijin Cha

 

Motivation Scholarships for Teens Headed to College (3/3) – Alondra

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In our third and final installment of stories from teen girls from the foster care system in LA who are on their way to college, we hear from Alondra, who  not only possesses the determination to chase her dreams, but also aspires to become a lawyer so she can make a difference in the lives of others, and “represent those that can’t represent themselves” .

[Names have been changed to protect identities.]

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EXCITING NEWS! WE HAVE T-SHIRTS!!

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We’re beyond excited to announce our new t-shirt campaign! Awesome soft tees designed by our very own Board member Diana with a slogan that we believe captures the essence of what we all need to be to make this world a better place!

Brave in Spirit, Strong of Mind, Kind of Heart.

Purchase a tee for you and your loved ones this holiday season and support our work to help disadvantaged girls get the education and skills they need to thrive. Tees are available in adult and kid sizes.

Here’s how it works:
To buy a tee, click here: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/good-for-girls-fundraiser?pc=TXN-167780&utm_campaign=fr_org_live&utm_source=fr_organizer_txn&utm_medium=email&utm_content=campaign 

The campaign ends at midnight on Nov 24th, and all tees purchased will be shipped 2 weeks later. Perfect timing for gift giving during the holiday season!

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING GOOD FOR GIRLS!!