If Developing Countries Were To Educate Just 1% More Girls, Their GDP Would Improve By Billions of Dollars (source WeForum.org)

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Imagine Pandemic-Like Isolation For The Next 40 Years…

The isolation and restrictions of the pandemic are still fresh in our minds.

No going to restaurants.
No family over for Xmas dinner.
No weddings or funerals.
No going to the office.
No school.
No visiting loved ones in the hospital or care homes.
No flying to your favorite vacation spot.

We all endured almost two years of isolation that was hard to take.

Depression soared.
Suicide increased.
Drug and alcohol addiction hit all time highs.

What If This Was Your Life For The Next 40 Years?

It would be unthinkable.

As hard as it may be to believe, something similar happens to millions of girls around the world for 3 months of every year and will continue for about 40 years. 

3 Months a Year for 40 Years: That is 120 Months. 10 Years of Your Life. 3,650 Days.

What happens that can even begin to compare to what we temporarily experienced during the pandemic?

A normal body function of every woman…..menstruation.

Often called “the curse” by women, millions of girls not only suffer the pain and discomfort of having their period, they suffer real hardship, isolation, humiliation and ostracism.

Here’s the sobering and shocking reality.

A girl starts her period.

Unlike a girl in North America, she can’t go to the local Walmart and buy a package of sanitary pads.

Her mother doesn’t have the money to provide any protection for her daughter except a dirty rag.

While a girl in North America can continue most activities with a pad or tampon in place, millions of girls in countries all over the world are relegated to their small hut to spend the duration of their period in a space that is oftentimes the size of a typical prison cell.

The town or city a North American girl lives in would never be aware that she is menstruating. Unless she chose to share it with her closest friends, an aunt or grandmother, it would be a personal event that she alone had control over.

A girl in a small village in Africa would have the humiliation of everyone in the village knowing that she was menstruating.

Every woman remembers the horror of someone finding out about her period.  Maybe it was Dad or an older brother.  Maybe it was a male teacher in school.

Decades later, many of us can still recall awkward moments of menstruation.

Imagine that being a monthly ordeal of confinement and embarrassment.

But You Know What The Real Kicker Is In This Situation?
$10.00

Here’s How You Can Make a Huge Difference with a Small Contribution

There are various ways you can contribute to our mission:

  • Educate one girl for a year, covering all her education, accommodation, and meals: $1600 USD
  • Provide menstrual supplies for one girl for a year: $10 USD
  • Sponsor a Hope Sac for sustainable cooking  $50 USD
  • Donate to supply a rechargeable battery and solar panel, bringing electricity to a public building in the village: $500 USD

Help 1 girl per month, with a $10 monthly subscription donation.

NOTE: To create a monthly subscription, all you have to do is create an account on Give Wise.

(For the same amount as ONE TRIP to Starbucks...You Can Provide ONE Girl with DIGNITY!)

Tax Receipt With Every Donation!

DO GIRLS MATTER?

Yes!

But the sad fact is, that in many communities they do not matter, nearly as much as boys.

If you manage to scrape together enough money to send your child to school?  Best to send your eldest boy.

What about that menial job in a factory?  Just send a girl.  They can do it.  They don’t need an education.

This is the reality in many developing communities around the world.  Boys are just valued so much more than girls.

Our belief, here at Girls Matter, is that when you educate a girl, you not only empower the girl, but you also lift up her family and her community.

“Girls Rising” is a  documentary outlining the need to support girls in developing countries gain access to education, and the benefits that come from doing so.  Below is the trailer.  With our work through Girls Matter, we are impacting, one girl, one family, one village, one country at a time.

Check out the videos below for some inspiring stories of girls rising up!

GIRLS RISING

Check out this video showing the power of educating a girl.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, the award-winning producers of The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, strategic partner, Intel Corporation, and distribution partners CNN Films and Gathr, comes Girl Rising -an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl – and the world.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, the award-winning producers of The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, strategic partner, Intel Corporation, and distribution partners CNN Films and Gathr, comes Girl Rising -an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl – and the world.

Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and other esteemed actresses contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman and Grammy Award winner Lorne Balfe.

The film spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian ‘pavement-dweller’ whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams.

Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls’ stories, each in its own style, and all with profound resonance.

These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students – to learn.

And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see – One girl with courage is a revolution.

KAKENYA NTAIYA: A GIRL WHO DEMANDED SCHOOL

Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo a traditional Maasai rite of passage, female circumcision, if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community, changing the destiny of 125 young women.

Here’s How You Can Make a Huge Difference with a Small Contribution

There are various ways you can contribute to our mission:

  • Educate one girl for a year, covering all her education, accommodation, and meals: $1600 USD
  • Provide menstrual supplies for one girl for a year: $10 USD
  • Sponsor a Hope Sac for sustainable cooking  $50 USD
  • Donate to supply a rechargeable battery and solar panel, bringing electricity to a public building in the village: $500 USD

Help 1 girl per month, with a $10 monthly subscription donation.

NOTE: To create a monthly subscription, all you have to do is create an account on Give Wise.

(For the same amount as ONE TRIP to Starbucks...You Can Provide ONE Girl with DIGNITY!)

Tax Receipt With Every Donation!