IMG_8144.jpg
IMG_0672.JPG
IMG_6235.jpg
IMG_4090.jpg
20141218_SHOFCO-39.jpg
IMG_5274.jpg
students-3.jpeg
IMG_4068.jpg
IMG_6533.jpg
IMG_8144.jpg

Case For Support


Help us build confidence, empathy, and self-reliance in 100,000 future girl leaders.

SCROLL DOWN

Case For Support


Help us build confidence, empathy, and self-reliance in 100,000 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 activate 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. 

IMG_0672.JPG

WHOLE-CHILD EDUCATION


WHOLE-CHILD EDUCATION


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

Yes, but it 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 done now!


We are disrupting the status quo, and as you can see with Makesh, the ripple effect is significant, averaging a 10X Multiplier.


IMG_6235.jpg

FEMALE LEADERS


From early-adolescence to adulthood

FEMALE LEADERS


From early-adolescence to adulthood

Who Is A Girl On Fire?

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

  1. Is there a spark of self-belief and desire to see her community thrive?

  2. 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? 

  3. Is she the most vulnerable, at-risk girl with very limited opportunities?


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.   We 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.

IMG_4090.jpg

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… Communities of Action.

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 (Design, systems and future thinking, STEM, as well as AI training)

  • Boys’ workshops 

  • Parent/ family workshops + home visits

  • Reverse mentoring with the elders and matriarch storytelling workshops

 

20141218_SHOFCO-39.jpg

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 (over 1,000) that have already had the following outcomes: 

Building agency and self-mastery through:

  • Increased confidence, resiliency, regulations of emotions, decision making abilities, courage and being more visible within at school and within the community.

  • More skills and sense of empowerment to own her own health, educational, life and family choices, even though societal norms are in place that keep her disempowered.

Higher performance in school and community service

  • Improved grades overall

  • Improved leadership skills and actively peer-mentor

  • Indicators such as confidence, self-expression, teamwork have been significantly improved

  • Advance skills for community organizing from idea to implementation.

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:

Girls On Fire Leaders graduates will:

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

  • Be talent pipelines for global corporations

  • Drive social change locally and/or globally levels

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

  • Be job creators for youth

  • 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).

IMG_5274.jpg

sustainablefutures


Learning leadership through building communities

sustainablefutures


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 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 repaired community latrines.

  • 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 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. 

students-3.jpeg

ChangeMakers In Training


ChangeMakers In Training


Vision For The Future


By 2030, we will nurture and empower 100,000 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 plan grow our model in other countries outside of East Africa, including the United States, starting 2020 with a pilot projects.


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.  

 

Wellness + Leadership Camp 2019


In service of girls facing HIV,

pregnancy and poor health outcomes.

Wellness + Leadership Camp 2019


In service of girls facing HIV,

pregnancy and poor health outcomes.

 

The Girls On Fire Camp in December 2019 will be "Wellness & Leadership Camp" with 200+ early adolescent girls at high risk of HIV. We are aiming to decreasing the alarming statistic that 74% of new cases of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa is adolescent girls, through health education, peer-advocacy, leadership skills development, self-care / agency building and having girls lead change in their communities (in this case, we will focus on HIV stigma, girls education and health).

We will be working in the Kwale region, servicing 200 girls and 25+ women community leaders, and bringing together girls from 8 different regions of Kenya. We have found that focusing on girl leadership within communities has had a 10x multiplier effect and engages the whole community on the value of a girl. A girl is able to move mountains if she is given skills and opportunities for her VOICE, VISIBILITY and VISION to be nurtured in her community.

In partnership with doTERRA Healing Hands and Elena Brower, we raised funds that will be used for the 2019 December Camp and to launch a new trauma informed yoga program. Note: 100% of your donation goes to directly into programming.

  • Camp in December - 2-week camp for 200 girls and 25 women leaders traveling from all over Kenya.

    • Camp Construction - Tent rentals, stage, tables and chairs rentals, audio, visuals, microphone rentals

    • Transportation - Bus rental, fuel, drivers

    • Accommodations - Local guesthouses (shared rooms only)

    • Food - 3 nutritious meals a day. Christmas Dinner + party

    • Supplies for workshop -Journals, pens, markers, paint, stickers. Printed Girls On Fire book for each girl.

    • T-Shirts - camp t-shirts

    • Girl-led community project- in the week, the girls work together and create a sustainable community project based on need. See past year’s projects.

  • Trauma Informed Yoga year-round programs for 3 partner schools, one specifically working with refugee girls from war-torn countries.

    • Yoga mats and blocks.

    • Yoga take home booklet for each girl.

IMG_4068.jpg

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.

IMG_6533.jpg

“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

 

Contact Us

Name *
Name
Your Communication Interest: