International Day of the Girl
Earlier this week we celebrated the International Day of the Girl.
Each year on October 11th the United Nations recognizes that, “empowerment and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.”
Many of the initiatives discussed on Tuesday focused heavily on the importance of educating girls. It served as a reminder that the work that The Aninga Project can do because of you is important and needed.
You are a change maker for girls in Uganda.
Notes from Uganda
Our girls are a month into their fall term. After a short summer break they were excited to get back to school and their studies.
The schedule this year is a little different because it was affected by the Presidential election in February which caused schools to be closed down for several weeks.
With the dangers and uncertainty of last year’s election in the rearview, our girls are able to fully focus on their academics this year.
We are excited that Aninga and Viola will be attending their university graduations early in 2017. We are also proud that Scovia will be starting a Bachelor of Development Studies at Gulu University.
The 15 girls that we have in grade school are safe, happy and healthy.
Look at what your support is doing for these girls! It is truly incredible.
Do you like to have fun and make the world a better place at the same time?
We need help with social media, marketing and communications. If you know anyone who can help please send them our way!
A Note from Jenny on Marriage
The Founder of The Aninga Project, Jenny Benson, got married on September 3rd and she was inspired to share this message:
“September 3rd was an amazing day. It was a great day for so many reasons but in the context of The Aninga Project I couldn’t help but feel privileged to be able to CHOOSE to marry Copeland at the age of 31.
Having the choice to marry someone is not an experience that every woman has. In fact, on Tuesday, the United Nations reminded us that 700 million women alive today were married before 18 and that more than one-third of those women were married before 15.
The work that The Aninga Project does plays a huge part in this puzzle. We have found that when girls are in school, their fathers and male community leaders value them as more than property to be married off.
The generosity of our supporters changes the conversation that parents and guardians have about the girls we are sending to school. It keeps them away from the dangers of early marriage.”
Team Aninga 2016
Last fall we asked you to help us put together a successful team to enter in the Charity Challenge at the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon.
At that time we could not have imagined what an incredible job you would do!
As our supporters you sent us runners, supported our runners by sponsoring them and encouraging our team on social media. You were there to bake and promote our bake sales. Aninga Project supporters near and far bought into our team’s Reverse Wine Draw. You even came out in the heat (on the Saturday) and the rain (on the Sunday) to cheer us on at our events.
As a result of your support Team Aninga was able to raise over $12,600!!!
This huge accomplishment qualified our small but mighty team to win 3rd place in the Charity Challenge category of “Charity with the Largest Average Amount Raised per Fundraising Runner”. A prize that came with an additional $1,500.
At the Charity Challenge Awards we were able to tell Scotiabank that their prize alone will allow us to send a girl to university for an entire year!
We were also able to discuss the fact that over the three years that The Aninga Project has participated we have raised over $30,000.
We would like to introduce you to Gordon Ryan. He is one of our fantastic volunteers in Halifax.
Whenever we need help, Gordon answers our call. For the past three years Gordon has run bake sales to fundraise for our Blue Nose Marathon team AND held a third-party pub crawl fundraiser. He is an instrumental part of our fundraising and networking efforts.
Gordon also helps to keep us motivated when things are challenging. He is always there with a great idea or a listening ear. Motivation is SO important to a small non-profit like ours.
Thank you Gordon for all that you do! We couldn’t do what we do without you.
Get in Touch
If you have any questions for us please do not hesitate to get in touch!
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