Annual Fundraiser 2018 starts today!!

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


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.

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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)