#GiveGirlsWings: Project READ

$270 of $10k goal

Raised by 10 people in 8 months
Sang Nedra
for RESOURCES AND OUTREACH FOR LIBERIA
 SYKESVILLE, MD

THE PROBLEM:

In a safe space, an empowering place, girls have the ability to soar. But when they are in constant turmoil, learning, advancement, and emotional stability, become unattainable.

After a brutal 14-year civil war, another war rages on against girls. Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is the number one crime against girls in Liberia.

January 2015, a 12-year old girl was brutally raped and murdered by a 30-something year old man in Liberia.

November 2015, a 16-year old girl was raped and impregnated by a police officer in Liberia.

December 2015, an eight-year old girl was raped by a 65-year old man in Liberia.

According to Liberia's Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell, between January and September of 2015, there were 1,088 reported SGBV cases nationwide; 588 were rape cases and 293 were cases involving children under the age of 16."

And remember those numbers are only of reported cases. Many girls are too afraid of the stigma attached to rape and other forms of SGBV or simply don't understand that a crime has been committed. Often times, victims drop out of school, succumb to prostitution, or commit suicide. There's no place for recourse and no safe place to prevent these things from happening to begin with.

WHO AM I? WHY DO I CARE?

As a result of Liberia’s 14-year civil war, sexual violence has become the #1 crime against girls in Liberia. If there had been drop-in or mentoring programs in place, maybe 12-year old Rachel Garpue wouldn’t have been roaming the streets and brutally raped and murdered last year. This situation has become the norm. My name is Sang Kromah, and I am the Executive Director of Resources and Outreach for Liberia (ROL). I am passionate about this issue, because I had a Liberian sister who died because she didn't receive the help she needed soon enough. I'm an American girl, who was inspired by a Liberian girl and Project READ is how I am honoring her memory.

ABOUT ROL AND PROJECT READ:

This is why Resources and Outreach for Liberia (ROL) , a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, wants to open a drop-in center to be that place of recourse. 40-years ago when ROL's founder, Dr. Margaret N. Kromah migrated from Liberia to the United States as a young girl, a California woman, Nedra Richardson, opened her home to her, empowering her and supporting her until she became a dentist, an officer in the U.S. Army, and public health specialist. Project READ  (Restoration Education And Development), ROL's education and empowerment initiative, wants to open a drop-in center, Nedra House, that will do for Liberian girls what Nedra did for her.

Project READ has collected well over 30,000 books for our library and our progress was featured on Baltimore's ABC2 News in December. Project READ is fighting to end the epidemic of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence against girls in Liberia by turning victims into survivors and implementing programs that will help prevent the victimization of at-risk girls. Through a full library of books, one on one counseling, arts programs, weekly group discussions and activities, daily tutoring, community outreach projects, and a place to stay during times of emergencies, Project READ will give girls wings to soar.

HOW WILL DONATIONS BE USED?

Donations will go towards the rental of the drop-in center in Liberia and shipping the books and other supplies to Liberia. Project READ will become a self-sustaining entity through the sale of the short story anthology from our social change initiative, Project GirlSpire that will be published later this year. Project GirlSpire which passes on empowerment through literature and the arts from girl to girl, nation to nation.

So, help us pass on empowerment to Liberian girls, by donating to a cause that will keep them safe. If we can get 1,000 people to each make a donation of at least $20, we can reach our goal in no time. Your donation will change the lives of many.

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Update 7
5 months ago

We are in The Huffington Post today in an article about Creating Opportunities. Read more here: http://ow.ly/10m1fx #seedthechange #thepollinationproject
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Update 6
6 months ago

Dear Supporters of Project READ,

Did you know that if 250 people donate at least $20, we can reach our goal in no time? So please tweet, share the link, and spread the word about this worthy cause.

Regards,
Team Project READ
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Update 5
6 months ago

Dear Supporters,

Slowly, but surely we're inching to or goal of $5000. If we can get 250 people to donate at least $20 each, we can reach our goal in no time. So please, spread the word, share the link, tweet and donate! #GiveGirlsWings #IFeelSafe
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Update 4
6 months ago

Project READ receives grant from The Pollination Project today! #SeedTheChange
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$270 of $10k goal

Raised by 10 people in 8 months
Created January 25, 2016
All funds raised go directly to:
RESOURCES AND OUTREACH FOR LIBERIA
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  Baltimore, MD
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JL
$25
Jessa Land-Miller
5 months ago

I support education, literacy, and safety.

AJ
$20
Ambulai Johnson
5 months ago
CO
$25
COLLEEN O'HARRA
6 months ago
CD
$10
Charlah Dupree
6 months ago
$15
Anonymous
6 months ago
$50
Saran Kaba Jones
6 months ago
$25
Amber Denton
6 months ago

Hope this helps , I know it will for me on my page

RJ
$50
Ramatu Johnson
6 months ago

Hi, I'm really proud of your efforts to help these young women in Liberia. My passion is to start a project that would also help these young girls that are at risk and endangered in the rapidly changing society, where women are at odds yet needed as a pivotal part of the household in many nations including Liberia. We need to help our girls and women become competitive and empowered in the Liberia. Although I don't have the platform or money to start this project I hope by sharing your efforts I can help. You will be rewarded in folds. Thanks again for doing such an amazing thing for these young women. #girlspire #girlpower

$25
Anonymous
6 months ago
NB
$25
Nora Boronkay
8 months ago

Keep fight the great fight, Sang Kromah and Project READ! @warmwordswork

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