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.
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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.