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“I Will Be the One Using Leaves”

“I Will Be the One Using Leaves”

Hawa and girls in her Liberian village, received lifechanging, reusable Days for Girls feminine hygiene kits. Now four years later, we get to help Dignity4Girls send 1,000 feminine hygiene kits to Liberia.

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They Need an Advocate. Will You Speak Out for Them?

They Need an Advocate. Will You Speak Out for Them?

The chance to make a big difference without spending a lot of time or money doesn’t come along very often. Sometimes the main thing you need to do is SPEAK UP, or in other words, ADVOCATE for someone else. I’m asking you to advocate for someone you’ll never meet. She’s an African girl who is in danger of dropping out of school for a reason most people don’t think about. She doesn’t have a way to manage her menstrual period. So rather than face shame, she skips school. Those days add up fast, so finally she drops out. Since she’s not in school, she is vulnerable to sexual exploitation. If she...

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Why Should Girls Hang Their Heads When They Menstruate? Or Miss School?

Why Should Girls Hang Their Heads When They Menstruate? Or Miss School?

Please help White Field Partners launch it’s GAME-CHANGER Days for Girls initiative in Sierra Leone. Many things impact school attendance throughout the world, but menstrual hygiene is one most people don’t think about. This one simple thing can radically change a girls future by keeping her in school. A game-changer is IN THE BAG!  Access to reusable sanitary products and feminine hygiene education can radically change a girls future. For more details, download our GAME-CHANGER brochure. Online fundraising for WHITE FIELD PARTNERS at Razoo Not comfortable donating online?   In...

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Beyond Good Intentions

Measurable, lasting impact. I wish it weren’t so elusive. In a developing country, surprise variations of the something-went-wrong scenario can sabbotage great planning. I just heard cases like that from two well estblished and highly credible organizations: the cash crop catches fire or the market disappears because the processing plant stops operating. Our eight years of experience have convinced us that good ideas and good intentions aren’t enough. How can we deploy our “development toolkit” effectively if we can’t predict which combination of tools will work...

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You Made the Children Shout for Joy about Safe Water

You Made the Children Shout for Joy about Safe Water

The banner used to dedicate a new well at a school in Port Loko District in Sierra Leone arrived in Rock Island just in time for the end of a winning season by the Augustana College Women’s Lacrosse team. Jim Kopel, who was instrumental in our fundraising campaign to send a portable drilling rig to Sierra Leone, is a huge fan of the team. He dedicated a well to the Women’s Lacrosse Team. What an impact that drilling rig is making! In 2015, Mariatu’s Hope drilled 14 boreholes. Three were were at schools. Four were in communities that had at least one overused hand pump....

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Congratulations Village Hope Inc. “Jobs Change Everything”

Congratulations Village Hope Inc. “Jobs Change Everything”

We’ve eaten lots of cassava greens and a few boiled tubers, but this is amazing! Village Hope Inc’s gari production plant is up and running. Great job, Jon Bart and team. As you say, “Jobs Change Everything.” If you haven’t had gari, it’s a West African staple produced from cassava tubers through a multi-step process. We had the pleasure two years ago of dedicating a cassava grater in Lungi to help women bypass the labor-intensive process of grating tubers, but we knew that the de-watering and roasting process are also laborious and time comsuming. Correct...

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