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


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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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:
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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!



‘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!


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!


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)


Moms Making Money and a Better Life

Happy Mother’s Day!


This Mother’s Day, we’re thinking especially about the moms who belong to the two Savings and Entrepreneurship Groups in Bekoji, Ethiopia, set up by our partner, the Girls Gotta Run Foundation. These women are the mothers of the girls in the GGRF Athletic Scholars programme* (proudly supported by us since 2013!)

The Savings groups for mothers were started in 2016 as a complement to the athletic scholarships, and are meant to be an inclusive, and community-based approach to confronting some of the broader cultural barriers and gender discrimination faced by women and girls in Ethiopia. Since many women cannot discuss or participate in financial decisions in their families, these groups offer a safe space for such discussions, and a means of learning how to start and grow small businesses to become financially resilient.

Each group consists of 20 members who meet once a week and encourage each other to save a specific sum of money both as ‘regular’ and ‘social’ savings. These are then used in small micro-credit schemes for individual members. Regular savings can be borrowed against for their personal business or family needs, while social savings (a smaller sum than regular) are pooled and used to help one another pay for various community/family affairs such as weddings, bereavements, and other social occasions.

Since they first got together, all the women say they have formed strong bonds with each other, changed their attitudes towards saving money, and learned important skills such as cash management, budgeting and book-keeping which have helped to improve their livelihoods. They are now able to provide daily meals for their families and can afford to send their children to school, where in the past they couldn’t.

In 2018, one of the groups (Tigil Fire) hopes to launch something new – a group shop, where together, members can sell their homemade products such as traditional alcohol, baskets, grains, spices, and injera. At present, on their own, they are only able to sell their products at the market twice a week. The group shop will allow them to collectively do this every day instead, and therefore significantly boost their income. The success of the Savings Group mothers has attracted support from the local authorities who are providing free space for the shop right in the center of town.

Watch this short video about the Savings Group Mothers (courtesy of GGRF).

A portion of the funds raised by Good for Girls in 2018 will go towards supporting the efforts of the Savings Groups.

*In 2015, GGRF 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.