POSTED BY 60milliongirls | Dec, 08, 2020 |

December 2020

We are a small organization making a big impact! 

60 million girls invests in innovative educational initiatives for vulnerable children – especially girls – to improve the quality of education.

Supporting a child offers opportunities, not only to that individual, but also to his or her family and community. Every child has the right to a quality education.

You can help!

All funds raised this year will go towards our projects in Ghana, Liberia and Nicaragua. You can read about them HERE.

This holiday season, don’t underestimate the power of education. Did you know that a secondary school education vastly increases earning potential for girls and women, while reducing child marriage and improving health? In other words, education is transformative.

Please help us reach our 2020 target of $300,000. It takes only a click to make the world a more equitable place.

When you make a donation on behalf of those special people in your life, please, ask us to send them a card in your name with a message of your choice.

All donations are 100% tax deductible.

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season!

Defining success

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project has finally completed the construction of all the components of the Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS). Through our long-time partner, the Stephen Lewis Foundation, we have supported two projects with Nyaka. The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project is an organization established in response to the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Our first grant of $100,000 in 2012 provided free education, uniforms and school supplies for children in the Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools.

Then, in 2015, we provided start-up funding of another $100,000 for the project to help build the NVSS, a school that provides high quality education to students who graduate from Nyaka’s primary schools. Since our initial investment, Nyaka has continued to expand the school’s infrastructure. It now includes the building that houses the classrooms, biology, physics, chemistry and computer labs, separate dormitories for girls and boys and workshops where vocational skills are taught. Students who graduate from NVSS continue to receive support from Nyaka to transition from secondary school either to the job market or higher education.

How do we define success? When we see the impact that the primary schools and the secondary school have had in transforming children’s lives and improving the communities eight years later, we know we invested in a great project.

Thank you for being there with us!

Unprecedented storms ravage Nicaragua

Incredibly, the indigenous peoples of BOSAWAS are struggling to recover from two back-to-back hurricanes (Eta and Iota) that passed through their territory in November. The sheer volume of rainfall compounded from both storms caused unprecedented flooding, landslides, and crop losses, while high winds toppled trees, stripped roofs from homes, and caused damage to critical infrastructure, such as water systems.

During the storms, many were evacuated to higher ground and sought shelter in stable infrastructure like the secondary schools built by Change for Children and 60 million girls. Relief efforts are underway: food, clothing, seeds, tools and temporary shelters are making their way to those in need. This month, Change for Children sent in hundreds of water filters, as the indigenous people wait for the creeks to run clean and for water systems to be repaired. Read more here.

Lorraine Swift
Executive Director of Change for Children


To read about our project with Change for Children in Nicaragua, click here.

Our virtual conference 

Like many other organizations, the coronavirus pandemic forced us to find innovative ways to implement our projects, revise our timetable, and reach out to you, our supporters. This year, for the first time, we held a virtual conference – one in English and another in French. We were immensely pleased with the response. We welcomed registrants from across Canada, as well as the United States, England, Denmark, Spain, Pakistan, South Africa, Peru and Guatemala. To read more about the conference, click here.

Following the conference, we held a 10-day matching donation campaign and, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised an amazing $27,331, far exceeding our fundraising target of $10,000. We thank everyone who participated for making our campaign a resounding success.

Your generosity and support help us make a meaningful and real impact
on learning for children who need help the most.

Did you miss the conference? Don’t worry; you can watch it here.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on girls’ education issues.

 

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