Good for Girls is a small, volunteer-run non-profit organization that supports disadvantaged girls around the world to get the education and skills they need to become empowered adults. We partner with needs-focused, partner-led organizations through small grants, scholarships and program assistance to help facilitate or move projects forward.
There are too many girls who are being deprived of an education or the opportunity to build life skills, just because they are girls. Globally, an estimated 62 million girls are not in school. There are many reasons for this. It may be unsafe for girls to travel to and from school. Their families may not be able, or willing, to pay school-related costs. They may be forced to drop out to help at home or be married off at an early age. These situations trap girls in endless cycles of poverty as they grow into women, preventing them from developing their human potential, and depriving the world of what talents and abilities they have to offer.
This needs to change and you can help!
Your donation will go towards scholarship and grant support for our partner organizations, who we work closely with to directly reach girls at risk. Project Good for Girls is recognised as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations (made in the United States) are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowed by law. For more information please visit www.goodforgirls.org
Partner - Girls Gotta Run Foundation, Ethiopia
Since 2014, Good for Girls has partnered with the Girls Gotta Run Foundation in Ethiopia, where child marriage is a serious challenge and girls are often taken out of school once they reach puberty. We have helped them pilot and expand initiatives that reach girls through athletics and a life skills program.
Through scholarships, girls train as runners, and learn about issues that affect their lives such as nutrition, healthy relationships, and financial literacy. The running team represents a ‘safe space’ and peer-support group, and the scholarships help remove any financial burdens on the girls’ families so they can stay enrolled in school.
We also support Savings Groups for the mothers of these girls (many of whom are single mothers) to provide a peer-learning environment where they can better their livelihood skills to support their families.
In 2017, the very first co-hort of 15 girls graduated from the 3-year program - all are continuing their education, and all are no longer at risk of child marriage (read more: https://goodforgirls.org/2017/11/13/first-cohort-of-athletic-scholars-graduate/). Today, we help GGRF support over 200 girls and their mothers.
In 2019, we were also proud to support the new GGRF Alumni program which gives tuition assistance to graduated girls from the GGRF program who want to go on to 11th and 12 grades. Only a tiny fraction of women throughout the country complete this 'pre-college' level of education.
Partner - LA County Dept for Children and Family Services
In 2019, we continued to award small, but meaningful scholarships to young women, through the Los Angeles County Department for Children and Family Services. The two young women, who grew up in the foster care system, are entering their sophomore year of college.
East Brooklyn Community High School
Finally, in May 2019, we provided a small stipend to 7 girls in the graduating group of East Brooklyn Community High School, a transfer school that helps get kids back on track with a second chance at getting a High School diploma. The girls used the stipend to get dresses for the prom, or pay for childcare so they could attend.