It’s time to face the music. Education is not yet universal. Of the 130 million youth who are out of school in the world, 70% are girls.
GIRLS WHO ROCK show during Internet Week New York, connects entertainment, technology, and design communities to support music, girls and education with non-for-profit She’s the First, which helps sponsor girls education in the developing world be the first in their families to graduate.
Every year, we choose a She’s the First partner school as beneficiary. In the past two years, we’ve raised $23,000 to sponsor 32 girls in Tanzania and Uganda with an impressive support of talent, partners and sponsors. For May 18th 2012, we aim to raise $50,000 to sponsor girls at the Shanti Bhavan school in India.
2012 Beneficiary: Shanti Bhavan
Shanti Bhavan is more than just a school. Shanti Bhavan is a completely unique approach for educating the poor. No other model of educational intervention commits the same level of long-term and quality investment in the lives of these children, or holds more promise for their futures and those of their families.
Shanti Bhavan’s mission is to adequately develop the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children of India’s “dalit” – or “untouchable” – caste by providing them a world class education and instilling globally shared values to enable them to aspire to careers and professions of their choice.
We aim to raise $50,000 to sponsor girls in primary and secondary school, and even to support a couple of the most gifted students with their college tuition.
2011 Beneficiary: Arlington Academy of Hope
The Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization based in the United States that helps children in rural Uganda to reach their full potential. AAH has built a school and two medical clinics and supports more than 18 local schools in Bududa and Manafwa districts. By creating model schools and medical clinics, AAH provides education and healthcare programs, local development opportunities, and community outreach to improve the quality of life and transform poor villages into self-sustaining communities.
A total of $17,000 was raised in 2011, GIRLS WHO ROCK – meet them here!
2010 Beneficiary: AfricAid
AfricAid‘s Kisa Project provides school scholarships and leadership training to some of Africa’s brightest young women, who are able to complete their secondary school education, while also participating in a powerful, two-year leadership training program taught weekly by inspiring Tanzanian mentors.
At the first GIRLS WHO ROCK, we sponsored Grace, Happiness, and Elizabeth, who we’re proud to announce graduated from high school this year! They are awaiting results of their national exams and then will decide to pursue college or begin careers.
A total of $10,000 was raised from GIRLS WHO ROCK 2010.
We raised $6,000 for a two-year sponsorships of three scholars, Elizabeth, Happiness, and Grace, who attend Arusha Secondary School in Tanzania via the Kisa Project, where secondary school education is $1,000 a year. An additional $4,000 was raised for more Kisa Project sponsorships through the sale of Flip video cams, designed by our 2010 artists Lenka and MoZella and the She’s the First team.