BRAVE: On the Road

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Raised by 190 people in 46 months

BRAVE:  On the Road

Since 2009, BRAVE/Rock Girl, an award-winning non-profit organization, has trained young women to be advocates for themselves and their communties. In November 2016, BRAVE was one of only four organizations from sub-Saharan Africa and one of only 20 around the world to win the With and For Girls Award.  This award honours organisations that are impacting girls lives and helping girls become leaders in their communities and countries.  In December 2017, the first eight girls who founded BRAVE in 2019 graduated high school and are now leading the organization.

BRAVE is back the Road!

 In June 2015, we launched BRAVE Rock Girl On the Road  to take teenage girls from South Africa on road trips across the country to meet other girls and document their stories.  They also meet inspirational women and men who are working to end violence against women and girls and create a society where the rights of all are respected.  On their return, they produce radio shows for the national radio station, photo exhibit,s and short films about what it means to be a girl in South Africa today.  They also meet with senior government officials and community leaders to demand solutions to the challenges girls face.

Most importantly, BRAVE is broadening the circle of sisterhood.

These girls are brave. 

In the Cape Flats outside Cape Town, where many of the Rock Girls live, girls dodge bullets on the way to school due to gang violence. Many are dealing with PTSD and secondary trauma. For the last nine years, BRAVE has given them a safe space where they can experience their curiosity, intelligence, resourcefulness, joy and strength. 

BRAVE advocates for:

*  Access to free, quality education from grade 1 to grade 12, and beyond, including transportation to get there safely.
* Reproductive health care from an early age
* Freedom from all forms of sexual, domestic, and physical violence in their homes, schools, communities, and jobs.

On our road trip in October 2016 to the North West and Gauteng Provinces, we spent time in the Platinum Belt near Rustenburg  where Medicins sans Frontieres estimates 55,000 girls are raped each year.   We spoke on community radio and demanded prosecution of those who rape and sexually assault girls.  We also met with Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron to find out how to use the constitution to create lasting solutions for girls.

 In December 2017 we were on our BRAVE bus again, which we purchased with your support. It is outfitted to be a mobile recording studio and a safe space for girls to meet.   This time 30 girls went on our fifth Leadership Camp, and 16 went on our fourth Road Trip to the Cedarberg area, where we helped girls establish our first rural Rock Girl chapter.

In 2018, we are going across borders and oceans to continue creating the next generation of girl leaders.

Every dollar you contribute supports these young women as they become activists and advocates for themselves and for girls across the country.

$2500 covers the entire cost of one Rock Girl's travel for 10 days
$500 will pay for the group to camp in a nature reserve. 
$250 will cover one day’s food and supplies.
$100 will provide park and museum entrance fees for the group.
$50 will cover our daily internet fees so we can update from the road.
$50,000 will support ten girls on an international Road Trip.


You can make a big difference in their lives. 
Experiencing other cultures, different languages, new foods, and more importantly, new perspectives can be a life-changing experience.

For many of the girls, it's the first time they have traveled beyond the city limits. On each trip, BRAVE helps girls far off the beaten path establish support groups in their own communities.  Back home, they lead groups in their schools to reach more girls and bridge the geographic, racial, and economic divides between young women.

This is where you come in.  These young women have been supporting themselves and one another. Please help us widen the circle of support. Your financial contribution, no matter the size, can help change the trajectory of these girls' lives. 

Risks & Challenges

These trips are a big undertaking. And a big responsibility. We have received incredible support from the local tourism industry.  Since 2016, girls have been trained by Escape+Explore as Adventure Guides and share their experiences with visitors to South Africa. Guides, scientists, judges, prosecutors and rangers are donating their time to be with us.
Several hotels, hostels and game reserves have hosted us at no charge. On each trip, we have a trained facilitator, radio producer, certified medical support, a professional driver, and an award-winning filmmaker and photographer.  If you would like to join one of our trips, please contact us!

We are committed to amplifying the voices of these powerful and brave young women. 

Make some noise for BRAVE on social media
Share this on Facebook and Twitter to expand the sisterhood. 

Thank you!

India Baird, Founder - Rock Girl

Sue Jaye Johnson - Partner - Rock Girl

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BRAVE is going back on the road in 2018! In July, BRAVE will bring Tanzanian and American girls to South Africa for a cross-country road trip, learning about the role of women and girls in the anti-apartheid struggle and documenting the challenges girls still face today. Then in October, the South African girls will travel to the US for a Civil Rights Road Trip, following in the footsteps of Rosa Parks and other brave women who fought for equal rights, before ending in New York City to celebrate the International Day of the Girl and speak at the United Nations. But we need your help! These life-changing trips have already directly impacted the lives of over 50 girls, and reached over 1000 more. Join us and find your BRAVE! You can read more at
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To all the BRAVE supporters - thank you for making the first four Road Trips across South Africa possible. The funds raised to date have gone directly towards creating the next generation of girl leaders.

In 2018, we are embarking on our next adventure - taking girls from South Africa and the United States, as well as Rwanda and Tanzania, on cross-Atlantic Road Trips to share their stories, talk with other girls and find solutions to the challenges all girls face today. The girls will hear about issues of education, safety, health and economic empowerment facing girls and women, but they will also learn about the role women played in the past, including civil rights activists like Rosa Parks and anti-apartheid heroines like Albertina Sisulu. We are once again reaching out to you to help us raise funds for these trips, as well as for funding to create powerful digital stories that can be used by the girls to train even more young women leaders when they return home. And if you are in South Africa or the United States, and in particular in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, or Mississippi, and want to get involved, let us know. We would love to hear from you as we create the next generation of girl leaders and adventurers!
Help us create more girl leaders!
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It is that time of year again for Rock Girl - we are planning our Fourth Road Trip to Mpumalanga to meet girls living on the borders of the most famous South African national park, Kruger - and we need your help more than ever. Violence against girls and women has been on the rise in South Africa in the last few months, and Rock Girl has been writing a weekly column for the Cape Times to speak out about issues facing girls and women, and to advocate for change. In October 2017, another sixteen girls will travel across South Africa meeting other girls, exploring their own country, and sharing their stories on community radio and in newspapers and on social media. The girls will also distribute the BRAVE Field Guide for Girls, just completed by our BRAVE team in Cape Town based on our past Road Trips. It is written by girls for girls.

We have our own BRAVE overland truck now, but we need help to get us on the road. R20,000 (about US $1600) will cover petrol costs (it is a big truck and we travel thousands of kilometers!), R10,000 (US$800) covers one girls' costs of the trip. But any donation is welcomed. The girls will meet with the all-female anti-poaching group, the Black Mambas and find ways for women in conservation to work together with Rock Girl to reduce the threats to both humans and wildlife living on the borders of Kruger. For those of you who have supported us so generously in the past, thank you. We would love your support again. Please share with your friends and help us get more girls on the road.
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It is holiday time - and also the time when many girls and women are at greater risk of sexual violence and assault. Help Rock Girl provide opportunities and support to keep girls safe this holiday season - every donation goes directly to providing economic, emotional, and academic support to girls in South Africa.
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Chris van Lierop
42 months ago

Love what you are doing. I also once had a dream to help young children escape the circle of continuing alcoholism, violence and childhood pregnancies. The younger you change their paths the easier it becomes to stop the vicious circle.

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7 months ago

please guys I need your help. You are my last chance please. Help me and my father on "save my future.I love u" Thank you all

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Apryl Dyer
2 months ago

Thankful for all the girls shaping our world! Love to all Apryl, Seth and Benner

3 months ago
Melissa Allison
5 months ago

Mayim! You are wonderful. Love, Jay and Melissa

Joshua Stanton
7 months ago

Proud to know you. Lead on, Mayim!

Viki Merrick
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Shira Newmark
7 months ago

With love, light and the new world we’re all creating...

Joanna Davidson
7 months ago

Have a fabulous trip, Mayim! Bring back lots of stories. xxoo

Chris van Lierop
42 months ago

Love what you are doing. I also once had a dream to help young children escape the circle of continuing alcoholism, violence and childhood pregnancies. The younger you change their paths the easier it becomes to stop the vicious circle.

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7 months ago

please guys I need your help. You are my last chance please. Help me and my father on "save my future.I love u" Thank you all

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