The GirlsGain Project

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A personal campaign sponsored by Art Wigchers.

Spring 2019 Update: GirlsGain is GROWING!

Join us in spreading hope to the young women of Ethiopia.  GirlsGain has been such a success that we are expanding into more towns and villages, transforming even more lives for generations to come.  Your support doesn't change just one girl's life -- it changes her future children's and her future grandchildren's lives!
2019 is taking us into 28 new villages and we will be reaching about 9,000 new girls for the first time.  After three successful years in the first 20 communities, the local governmental departments of Education, and Women & Child have volunteered to run the programs so we can expand into more areas.  We will continue to assist the original communities on a limited basis.
Ethiopia is a beautiful country located in the horn of Africa, with a very young population -- more than half its 100 million people are under the age of 18.  While the constitution calls for equality, cultural challenges exist that include:
• Female genital mutilation
• Forced marriages often arranged at infancy
• Lack of emphasis on girls’ education
• Abductions of girls
• Unequal property rights for females
There are many fine programs to help Ethiopians help themselves that are sponsored by Catholic Relief Services and other non-governmental organizations. If girls are to reach their potential, we must address the issues above so the entire population can grow equally, together.  At the request of one of the country’s very caring Catholic leaders, Bishop Abraham, our efforts have focused on empowering girls and women through education and micro-finance. From 2013 through 2018, the GirlsGain and Girls Empowerment Project staff have already delivered life-changing information and services to more than 9,000 Ethiopian girls and young women. 
Through our collective support during the next four years, we plan to more than double the number of girls and young women reached by the GirlsGain Project.
We invite you to click on the links attached to this page to learn more about Ethiopia and the challenges girls face.  If you don't have the time to dig deeper into the issues but feel called to support this great work, click below to make a donation. 
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