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If you're reading this and thinking, "What can one headband do?" you'll be amazed!
In fact, you should really be thinking "look at what a headband can do!" because Reverse The Course, LLC, just by selling headbands and hair accessories, has given Reverse The Course Foundation funding to educate girls; girls who will have the chance, and the power, to change their lives and make a difference in their world.
Donations and grants to the Foundation are also making a big difference, allowing us to do even more for more girls!
We have provided funding for 5 Maasai students to attend secondary school, and we started with one girl while she was in primary school. The Maasai tradition of circumscision and early marriage creates a cycle of poverty that is difficult to break. Through the Maasai Girls Education Fund's efforts to educate village elders and utilize their leadership to help change that outlook, we have been able to provide finding for 5 girls, all for multiple years. Our goal is to make sure each finishes secondary school and we also fund their boarding, books and uniform costs.
When I wrote to ask them to tell me what they wanted to be, there was total shock. They never dreamed they could "become" anything.
We have helped girls in the Kalungu region of Uganda and are also currently supporting 6 students in the Mpoma area of the capital of Kalunga. Again, we commit to multiple years of school, boarding, textbooks and uniforms, to give the girls the best chance for success.
Justine, Irene and Teddy want to be doctors. Regina dreams of becoming a magistrate and Winnie is considering engineering.
I visited Uganda in June 2011 and saw first-hand how determined they were to succeed.
Haiti's situation is bleak. Even before the 7.0 earthquake last January and the cholera last fall, Haiti already had the label “poorest country in the western hemisphere.” More than 80% of Haiti's people live in abject poverty - in fact, half of Haiti's population earns $60 or less per year. The illiteracy rate is estimated to be anywhere from 38% to 50%, and one third of all girls over age six never go to school.
We provided funding for two sisters to attend a parish primary school in an area that has no services, minimal housing and little hope.
We are supporting Rossana in a pilot program created by the Alda Foundation and the Education Ministry of Paraguay aimed at promoting education as a tool for social change in areas of extreme poverty. The Joven Adelante Project is working to increase the level of students in secondary education. The practice of "criadazgo," using children from low incomes to do housework in pervasive. By working with education officials and the poorest families, Joven Adelante is changing this culture and to help these children break free from these cycles of continuing poverty.
So here is where you come in:
- Decide now to make a difference
- Spread the word! Put www.reversethecourse.org link on Twitter or on your Facebook page
- Donate! We are greateful for any contribution you might be able to give.
- Host a Reverse The Course Trunk Show. event. We'll send educational information and everything you need to make it fun and rewarding.
- Stay in touch! Share stories of how you are helping girls and give me your suggestions.
I'M NOT GOING AWAY, AND I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN ME....THERE ARE GIRLS WHO NEED US!