Pathfinder International Selected For The Girl Effect Global Giving Challenge
Pathfinder International is pleased to join The Girl Effect Global Giving Challenge this month. Pathfinder was selected as one of 70 organizations to compete to win the opportunity to be featured on the Girl Effect fundraising page on Global Giving for one year.
The Girl Effect Global Giving Challenge is a one-month competition featuring innovative projects that address the needs of adolescent girls around the world. The challenge, hosted by Global Giving, in partnership with Nike Foundation, will select 12 organizations to be featured, and receive donations through the Girl Effect Fund over the course of 2013.
From November 1-November 30, each organization will be able to raise funds for its project. The top six organizations with the most unique donors will automatically be selected. Six additional organizations will be selected by a Girl Effect expert panel.
Pathfinder has a goal of reaching 200 unique donors for our pioneering project to empower girls in Ethiopia. We know that the full power of the girl effect is not realized until girls are educated, have access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, and are supported by the larger community. With donors’ help, Pathfinder will support 1,000 girls from urban and rural areas through an exciting leadership program. We will fund scholarships to keep girls in school, will provide sexual and reproductive health education and referrals for services, and will support girls’ clubs that provide social support and mentoring by successful women in their communities. Pathfinder’s comprehensive model integrates health and life skills to help adolescent girls realize their full potential.
Support Pathfinder’s “Educating and Empowering 1,000 Girls in Ethiopia” project and help reach our goal of 200 unique donors today!
Focus Area: Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health
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