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"Dining for Women is an exceptional organization – a “giving circle” that funds projects in the developing world benefiting women and girls who live in extreme poverty. Only women and girls, though the men and boys in the communities often benefit indirectly. They fund education programs, including scholarships; health programs, including maternal and child health; empowerment programs, leadership programs, water and food security, and many more. There are thousands of such projects around the world and I am constantly amazed at the selflessness of the people who found and support these projects. Many of them are former Peace Corps Volunteers. Dining for Women provides an opportunity for any woman in the U.S. to contribute to and feel a part of the education and empowerment of women around the world who don’t have a voice in their own communities. Some of the programs Dining for Women has supported are: an education and training program to prevent human trafficking in Vietnam; a maternal and child health program in Peru; leadership and skills training for indigenous women in Guatemala; microcredit for women in Uganda; training skilled birth attendants in Haiti; eradicating bonded labor of young girls, educating them, and providing vocational training and leadership development in Nepal, to name just a few. There are so many organizations in the developing world that deserve support, and Dining for Women provides the opportunity to women in the U.S. to give that support in a significant way."
"I'm privileged to work at the United Nations Foundation, a public charity founded by philanthropist Ted Turner to support UN causes. We support several initiatives and organizations that do fantastic work on behalf of women and girls everywhere. A few examples include GirlUp, the Universal Access Project, and the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)."
"I am researching ‘Dining for Women’ and would like to set up a chapter in my county."
"Annie Griffiths is a photographer who has often worked with the National Geographic. She helped create Ripple Effect Images – a team of journalists who create videos and images of small women-owned/run microenterprise organizations to help them raise funds. They are doing amazing work: http://rippleeffectimages.org/films/."
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The mission of Tostan is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. They believe that through this mission they can ensure every person—woman, man, girl, and boy—is able to live a life of dignity. Tostan recently launched their Generational Change in Three Years campaign which aims to end FGM, child marriage, and domestic violence by impacting more than 1.6 million people in West Africa.
World Assistance for Cambodia: Girls Be Ambitious
World Assistance for Cambodia's Girls Be Ambitious program is a part of the organization’s Rural School Project which has built over 530 schools in Cambodia. Attendance of girls in many villages remains low. The main reasons girls do not attend school are because of poverty and pressures upon them to help the family with work in the fields, or to take care of younger siblings and stay home while the parents are farming in the fields . As a result the girls stay illiterate and are vulnerable to exploitation.
The Girls Be Ambitious program provides an incentive for girls and their families to enable them to attend school by providing financial assistance of $10 a month/$120 a year for a girl who had perfect attendance other than excused absences.
"Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education.We use the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies.
Our mission is to change the way the world values the girl. Everything we do is to ensure that girls’ education is part of the mainstream conversation.
We raise awareness about the issue, inspire action and drive resources to our partners, and together we make change happen."
"As part of the U.S. government's commitment to Let Girls Learn, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps have formed a powerful collaboration to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world.
This program will address that challenge by empowering local leaders to put lasting solutions in place. Peace Corps Volunteers who live and work at the grassroots level will serve as catalysts of community-led change, and every American can get involved and make a difference."
"You know I think we can truly say that Peace Corps is, and has been, doing this for 55 years. Women serving overseas, being role models for young women around the globe is an amazing story and an inspirational one. Peace Corps Volunteers inspire and support young women to be risk takers and dreamers. The new Peace Corps initiative “Let Girls Learn” in many ways is only recognition of this 55 year experience."
Share the story of an organization doing amazing work.
We ask that you commit to elevate girls and women not only down the street but around the world. We will share with you those organizations, programs we believe are impacting in a positive way the lives of girls and women globally through education and empowerment. We have the responsibility to share with these girls and women as others shared and supported each of us. Our ASK is that you will review some of the programs we have seen to be doing good work and support them. Send us the names of those organizations doing amazing work that you want us to know about and share their stories. Pick one organization you will support for one year as much or as little as your life will allow but make that commitment. Let us know what you chose and why.