The Girl Effect

I joined the Girl Effect campaign created by Tara Mohr, writer/blogger extraordinaire….I am so moved by the work that The Girl Effect organization is doing that I want to share it with you.


Girls all around the world are at a crossroads and need help…some amazing facts from The Girl Effect:

-When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more
years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2
fewer children.
-An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages
by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school:
15 to 25 percent.
-Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child health and higher
levels of schooling among mothers.
-When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40
percent for a man.
-Today, more than 600 million girls live in the
developing world.
-More than one-quarter of the population in Asia, Latin
America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa are girls
and young women ages 10 to 24.
-The total global population of girls ages 10 to 24 —already the largest in history — is expected to peak in
the next decade.
-Approximately one-quarter of girls in developing
countries are not in school.
-Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth,
70 percent are girls.
It’s time to get involved in this cause. It’s the best investment we can make!
This is the spot, if you want to give.
If you are a blogger, Tara Mohr is cheering you on to write your own Girl Effect post. The info is here.
Other news along this line of girls (and boys) in need in Kiang’ombe Village, Kenya:

The Ameena Project is a U.S. based, 100% volunteer run organization with the singular goal of starting and sustaining a preschool and feeding program for these vulnerable village children. The Ameena Project partners with talented and passionate Kenyan teachers who have a demonstrated commitment to working with the neediest children and communities.  Simple and focused, The Ammena Project will develop this one targeted intervention to help the most vulnerable children we can find, in the most cost effective way possible.

From the Ameena team: The small and isolated village of Kiang’ombe has hundreds of young children who are struggling daily for their basic needs and have no opportunity for education or developmentally enriching experiences of any kind.  Village elders and the local leaders are so excited about the chance for something positive for their children that they have offered the Ameena Project the free use of an abandoned school house and full community support.

Regular nourishment, academic instruction, and structured social activities are a powerful combination almost all children in the western world enjoy.  Children in extreme poverty literally come alive when they are given these three basic elements of healthy development.  When parents know their children have a safe and nurturing place to spend their days, they are often freed up to seek employment themselves, multiplying the positive impact on family systems.  When the youngest and most vulnerable children in a community begin to do better, it has a tremendous impact on the community as a whole.  Adults consumed with worry over their malnourished children are transformed when they hear the sounds of singing, see children playing together again (or maybe for the first time), and feel the relief that comes from seeing joy and hope in their child’s eyes.

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My dear friend Shari Altree is involved (I went to Paris with her and her daughter this summer).
Shari has decided that now is the time for these children to have what they need. I couldn’t be more proud as her friend of how much she has stepped up with this project in Kenya.

Shari’s background: She owns and operates an advertising agency here in Portland. As an Ameena volunteer, she has played integral roles on very successful capital campaigns and has been instrumental in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable giving.  Shari came to Kenya in 2009 and was forever changed by what she witnessed.  The profound level of need that is a reality for countless children and the dramatic impact that can be realized through targeted, well managed interventions has left her with an unquenchable desire to help the most needy.

If you wish to help or donate to this incredible project, please  email me (the Ameena site is brand new and not set up for donations) and I will put you in contact with Ameena directly.

I think I might have a trip to Kenya…camera in hand…in my future. Images can speak louder than words in so many ways.


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2 Responses to The Girl Effect

  1. Great post, I’m so glad (and honored) to be a part of this blog campaign for The Girl Effect. I believe it’s truly a wonderful and worthy cause worth supporting in every way possible.


    p.s. I love your blog, what talent you have!

  2. Wonderful post, Lara – your friend is a blessing to those children in Kenya (another place on my Bucket List!). I’m so blessed to be a part of The Girl Effect campaign, it’s a wonderful and worthy cause. CHANGE THE WORLD!


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