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!!

 

‘Motivation’ Scholarships for Teens Headed to College (1/3) – Leela

In 2018, we were honoured to award small, but meaningful scholarships to three young women, through the LA County Department for Children and Family Services. All three teenagers, who have grown up in the foster care system, are going to college!

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We are incredibly moved and inspired by the fierce tenacity, ambition and resilience of these young women, and we hope you will be too. Read Leela’s story below.

[Names have been changed to protect identities]

 

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Annual Fundraiser 2018 starts today!!

What better day to launch our annual fundraiser than today – HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL!

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Help us raise $5000 to support our program partnerships for 2019. 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.

Click here to donate!
(or copy/paste this link into your browser: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/good-for-girls-annual-fundraiser-2018)

What are you helping us to do?
Since 2014, we have partnered with the Girls Gotta Run Foundation in Ethiopia, where child marriage is a serious problem 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 a Savings Group 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. From just 15 girls 3 years ago, today we help GGRF provide scholarships to 90 girls, and 35 of their mums. Importantly, because our grants are part of a long-term partnership and not a one-off or ad-hoc, this helps our partner better budget and plan their programs each year, helping to ensure their work is sustainable.

In 2018, we were also honoured to award small, but meaningful scholarships to three young women, through the LA County Department for Children and Family Services. All three teenagers, who have grown up in the foster care system, are going to college!(Watch this space for excerpts from essays written by these young ladies that will move and inspire you!)

(Photo credit: Girls Gotta Run Foundation)