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Case For Support


Help us build confidence, empathy, and self-reliance in 10,000 future girl leaders.

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Case For Support


Help us build confidence, empathy, and self-reliance in 10,000 future girl leaders.

Girls on Fire Leaders is an organization dedicated to teaching girls to lead innovative social change in their own communities.   We have the mindset that solving our biggest problems requires girls at the center and more emphasis on building communities of action, in which we are bonded to one another based on shared values and not by race or ethnicity or tribe.   We know education can be even more empowering with the explicit focus on teaching gender equality, leadership skills, social emotional learning and to build self-efficacy early through not only their personal development, but connection with their own communities.

In East Africa, where corruption, conflict, rape, disease and abuse are rife, Girls on Fire Leaders is taking the initiative and changing lives, one girl at a time.

We Train, Mentor And elevate the most vulnerable girls to solve such challenges and activating their community for support, In ORder to build resilience, empathy, leadership skills so they can navigate their own transition into adulthood safely, with confidence, dignity and purpose. 

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WHOLE-CHILD EDUCATION


WHOLE-CHILD EDUCATION


 
Is the education of girls key to solving the world’s greatest challenges? 

Yes, but we must be whole-child education. 


It has been well researched that girls' education brings high returns not just for income and economic growth, but in other crucial areas as well—including improving children’s and women's survival rates and health, reducing population growth, protecting children's rights and delaying child marriage, empowering women in the home and in the workplace, and  even improving climate change adaptation.

Too often our well intentioned charity creates dependence to foreign aid and we make the mistake of putting ourselves at the center of solving local problems, instead of the girls we serve. We deny them the opportunities or dignity to solve their own problems; redesign healthcare, create pathways to education, combat corruption, uplift families out of poverty and gain access to the personal freedom that it takes to lead a life of flourishing.   

So, girls’ education is simply not just about books or a classroom, it’s about the early and focused nurturing of these precious resources, girls, within communities of action that will drive the social change needed for human dignity and flourishing for all.     




MEET MAKESH


Due to Makesh’s training with Girls on Fire Leaders, she now teaches hundreds of girls weekly using Practice You, Girls On Fire principles, and meditation. True leaders are emerging through self-study and girl-led education.  She is showing us we don’t have to wait to see what the next generation will do. It’s all being down now!


We are disrupting the status quo, and as you can see with Makesh, the ripple effect is significant.


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FEMALE LEADERS


From early-adolescence to adulthood

FEMALE LEADERS


From early-adolescence to adulthood

 Who Is A Girl On Fire?

They believe every girl can learn to be a leader and is a Girl On Fire because our innate truth is love and service.  However, in selecting the limited spots for the program, they look for three things only: 

  1. Is there a spark of self-belief in this girl?

  2. Does she have a burning desire to see her community thrive?  

  3. Do we believe that her vision is able to fuel her for the long-run?  Can she build a team around her; that she can have the dedication, perseverance and grit, to do what it takes to fight corruption, bureaucracy, complacency, the status quo, now and in 10-30  years? 


Girls on Fire leaders are underserved 6-16 years old in primarily Kenya, living in Kibera and Mathare slums in Nairobi, 70% of whom are orphaned and/or victims of sexual violence and live with the realities of voilence, HIV, early-pregnancy, substance abuse and extreme poverty daily.   They also work with girls the same age from the major ethnic tribes in rural Kenya and Tanzania, whose major challenges for girls are FGM (female genetial mutalation), early child marriage, poverty and no access to quality education.

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Nurturing Girl Leaders


Involves nurturing the community

Nurturing Girl Leaders


Involves nurturing the community

How are Girls on Fire Creating The Next Generation of Leaders?  

Together with community partners since 2014, Girls on Fire has delivered seven camps in four ethnic regions of Kenya and Tanzania, serving over 1,000 girls and 2,000 community members trained to catalyze social change. 

The model is one of collaboration and interconnectedness. 

The solution is to build a movement of girls, co created, co-designed and co-led by girls, uniting their voices across tribal lines, and amplifying the push for a larger and lasting shift in social dynamics and policy.  


Girls on Fire runs year-round programming that  works with local partners delivery quality education, such as schools and requires participation from teachers, parents and the entire community, which they do through:

  • Comprehensive Camps (2-3x per year)

  • Monthly leadership workshops 

  • Peer mentorship

  • Leaders In Action - community projects

  • School scholarships

  • Innovation workshops 

  • Boys’ workshops 

  • Parent/ family workshops + home visits


 

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OUtComes


Girls On Fire Leaders are THRIVING!

OUtComes


Girls On Fire Leaders are THRIVING!

 “All Great Things Start Small,” the Swahili proverb


We started with 23 small girls and have built a network of girl leaders that have already had the following outcomes:  



Higher performance in school

- Improved grades overall

- Improved leadership skills and actively peer-mentor

- Indicators such as confidence, self-expression, teamwork

- Advancing skills for community organizing



Unlock global opportunities

- Keynote speakers at United Nations in Kenya 

- Ambassadors & speakers for major HIV/AIDS Health Conference

- Guests of honor at The Obama Foundation fellowship awards

- Summer camps in United States

- Six girls are attending high school in the U.S.



Our network of graduates will:

- Actively contribute to local female leadership through community teaching, mentoring and organizing

- Be talent pipelines for global corporations
- Effect change locally or globally

- Finish higher education to become a positive participant in global society.    

- Contribute to jobs or opportunities for vulnerable girls. 

- Increase diversity and inclusion throughout different sectors. 


Educating a girl in urban slums means she will earn more and invest 90% of earnings in her family, be 3x less likely to contract HIV, and have fewer, healthier children who are more likely to reach adulthood (Erulkar, A., & Matheka, J. K. (2007), Adolescence in the Kibera Slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Population Council - The World Bank).

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Sustainable Futures


Learning leadership through building communities

Sustainable Futures


Learning leadership through building communities

 What WE Built Together

Not only have we help them build strength, stability and self-reliance, the Girls On Fire Leader have worked with other girls to build sustainable futures for all girls.    

Another great Swahili proverb is “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

This is a marathon and we will go far if we have your support.  Check out what we already built together.



2014   

  • Built a library and reading program at an orphanage

  • Worked with World Wildlife Federation on conservationism of elephants

  • Adopted a baby elephant named Kamock, who was injured by poachers.  



2015   

  • Hygiene and wellness program for street kids at risk of disease.

  • Community beautification; clean up and planted 100 trees in the slums. 

  • Brought food and Girls On Fire workshop in the children’s hospital in Nairobi



2016  

  • Built a school garden out of recycled materials that feeds 5 needy families a week. 

  • Community beautification; clean up and planted 100 trees in the slums.

  • Volunteered and saved sea turtles trapped in fisherman nets.



2017

  • Built a dorm for girls’ to be safe from FGM and early marriage

  • Created peer advocacy groups to teach other girls how to fight for their rights. 

  • Planted trees in the rural village in Sambura with the girls running away from FGM

  • Community beautification; clean up and planted 100 trees in the slums.



2018

  • Community beautification; clean up and planted 100 trees in the slums.

  • Led equality workshops with adolescent boys

  • Started a reading (and hugging) program from orphaned kids every Saturday



2019

  • Led equality workshops with teenage boys in Kibera slum

  • Launched sanitary pad project for 123 girls in the schools. 

  • Launched trauma- informed yoga working with sexual abuse and refugee girls. 

  • Wellness + Leadership Camp for girls all over Kenya facing HIV, pregnancy and poor health outcomes. 

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ChangeMakers In Training


ChangeMakers In Training


Vision For The Future


By 2030, we will nurture and empower 10,000 Girls On Fire Leaders and build a movement of global girl leaders with a thriving network of change-makers.


As we scale, we have the opportunity to significantly reduce poor health and well-being outcomes and gender-based violence, while simultaneously massively increasing social and economic mobility and community development from within the 1 million people living in Kibera Slum and the 1.5 million people living in the 3 other communities. 


We will do this by investing in early- adolescent girls to be the social change leaders in their communities and collaborating with women leaders to ensure we don’t have to wait for a generational turnover to witness a more just and equitable world.  

 

Double Your Impact


Matching donation campaign sponsored by DoTERRA

Double Your Impact


Matching donation campaign sponsored by DoTERRA

 I invite you to join me in supporting Girls On Fire Leaders that conducts leadership camps for girls in the slums of Kibera. In order for girls to become women who build solutions for social change, we must invest in them early. Girls on Fire is the ONLY program in Kenya teaching leadership and social justice programs to girls as young as 6 yrs old. 


All donations up to 15k will be matched by the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation.


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JOIN US


We Need Your Magic

JOIN US


We Need Your Magic

 Is Your Heart On Fire and Want In on Our Community of Action?



UNWAVERING SUPPORT FROM OUR SPONSORS, DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS HAS MADE GIRLS ON FIRE A LEADERS “A SMALL BUT MIGHTY” ORGANIZATION THAT HAS DONE A LOT WITH A LITTLE.  

But it’s not enough to grow. We need your support to build our impact. And with your help, we know we can do more.

Here’s how.

  1. DONATE  - Double Your Donation until Sept 15 with doTERRA Healing Hands matching donation campaign

  2. SPONSORSHIP - Be a Corporate Sponsor for our Wellness + Leadership Camp in Kenya, December 2019

  3. LEADERSHIP COUNCIL - Be on the Girls On Fire Leadership Council.   We are actively recruiting men and women from all different sectors and of all forms of leadership.   Join us.

  4. FUNDRAISE FOR US

  5. VOLUNTEER - We have an open position for a video editor and storyteller.

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“If You Want to go Fast, Go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”


African Proverb

“If You Want to go Fast, Go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”


African Proverb

 

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