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#Empower100: Educate Girls

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

#Empower100: Educate Girls

Take a close look at this photo: it is not a picture of a father and daughter, but of a husband and wife in the Middle East, where child marriage is one of few options available to uneducated girls. One-third of young women in the developing world are married before the age of 18, elevating their risk of HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, sexual assault and genital mutilation. Girls Education International was founded on the belief that education will help provide girls with an alternative to a life of poverty, early marriage and abuse. This fall,...

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Girls Ed is now in Tanzania!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Girls Ed is now in Tanzania!

This summer, Girls Education International launched a new girls scholarship program in Western Tanzania, in partnership with Project Wezesha. As the co-founder of Project Wezesha, I am very excited about this new program. Project Wezesha has been supporting 25+ students in secondary and post-secondary schools in the Kigoma region for 5 years. Now, through this collaboration with Girls Ed, we will be able to assist 30 additional girls as they pursue their secondary education in the region. On July 4th, I arrived to Kigoma to launch the program....

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Girls Ed in Tanzania!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in blog | 1 comment

Girls Ed in Tanzania!

This summer, Girls Education International is launching a new girls scholarship program in Western Tanzania, in partnership with Project Wezesha. As the co-founder of Project Wezesha, I am very excited about this new program. Project Wezesha has been supporting 25+ students in secondary and post-secondary schools in the Kigoma region for 5 years. Now, through this collaboration with Girls Ed, we will be able to assist 30 additional girls as they pursue their secondary education in the region. On July 4th, I arrived to Kigoma to launch the...

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Summer 2013 Update

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in blog | 1 comment

What’s our biggest expense for GEI-sponsored girls in Pakistan? If you said tuition, you’d be… wrong? Education is free and compulsory for 5- to 16 year-old Pakistani children. However, some of our girls live in remote areas and can only get to school safely by hired van, so their biggest expense is actually transportation to and from school. With rising gas prices and long distances, our transportation costs totaled $5,331 for the 2012-13 school year. That works out to just over $177 per girl.  Comparatively, the U.S....

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Get to Know Rai, Project Wezesha Founder and Girls Ed Board Member

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in blog | 2 comments

When I began with Girls Ed as a sort of social media “support person,” it was no secret that the nonprofit’s board members had some pretty inspiring accomplishments. And, naturally, one of the more inspirational Google Searches I’d ever done (we all do it!) was that of Rai Farrelly, the first board member I “met” (over the phone) to discuss blogging and social media. I read all about her work, and was immediately interested in learning more about her. A year later, I finally got to ask her a few...

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Patience, Liberian Student, is Number One in Her Class

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Patience, Liberian Student, is Number One in Her Class

Remember Patience Boimah? She’s one of our Liberia Now high school students in Lower Virginia, Monrovia who was ranked as the top student in her class for the fall semester of 2012. And when we received the rest of the first semester’s report cards from our other high school girls, we were delighted to see they are all working hard and earning good grades. They are solid students who attend classes regularly, a challenge for many schoolchildren in Liberia. So, hats off not only to Patience, but to Mai West, precious Jubor, Jessica...

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Meet Eve Hersh, Girls Education International Board Member

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Meet Eve Hersh, Girls Education International Board Member

When Eve Hersh landed her first job out of college, she got a lot more than she bargained for: one of her initial assignments was the social media duties for Girls Education International.  Eve’s boss, GEI co-founder Lizzy Scully, had recently volunteered to re-vamp the Girls Ed website and take on some of the social media work. That happenstance opened a new world for Eve. “Even though I’d done a lot of volunteer work, I never thought about access to education until I started working with Girls Ed,” Eve said....

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Girls Education in Tanzania!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

  The Board of Directors unanimously voted to expand our presence in Africa with a new project in Tanzania. For several years, Board member Rai Farrelly has worked with the village of Mgaraganza in Western Tanzania to build Amahoro Secondary School. Through Rai’s Project Wezesha, she provides scholarships for students hoping to attend regional secondary schools. Girls Ed has served as the fiscal agent for Project Wezesha, and decided in March, 2012 to formalize the relationship between the two organizations. In July of 2013,...

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A Visitor from Pakistan Brings a Look at Laphi

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in blog | 4 comments

A Visitor from Pakistan Brings a Look at Laphi

This month, Safeer Ullah Khan of Bedari, the Pakistani women and girls’ rights organization and Girls Ed partner, stopped in Denver to visit with GEI board members and co-founder Lizzy Scully. Safeer was in the United States to participate in the International Volunteers Leader Program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Although Girls Ed has partnered with Bedari and worked with Safeer since 2009, it was the first face-to-face meeting with him.  Safeer shared much information about the state of girls’ education in Pakistan,...

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Thank You Notes from Our Liberian Girls

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in blog | 1 comment

We recently received notes from the GEI high school girls in Lower Virgina, and from Veronica Dolo, the college student we sponsor in Monrovia. All are doing well with their studies, and express so much gratitude for their scholarships. We’d like to share a few excerpts from their letters. This is from Oretha Johnson, who has dreams of attending college and/or becoming a gospel singer. “My hope of going back to school was gone. Many times I sat and cried, ‘Why should my life be like this?’ But when my scholarship came,...

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