Support the Bangladeshi surf girls

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Raised by 543 people in 46 months
  http://www.bangladeshsurfing.com
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Give these girls time to develop their dreams, to learn, to play.

The Bangladeshi surf girls are a group of eight outgoing and spunky girls ranging in age from ten to thirteen years old living and working in Cox's Bazar. Poverty is forcing them into an early adulthood, as they are obligated to shoulder the responsibility of earning money to help feed their families. Early each morning, rain or shine, they leave their homes, some of which are perched on the side of steep inclines, and make their way to the beach where they work selling jewelry and eggs until late into the night before returning home. Their families are unable survive without the girls' income.

The girls are;
Johanara, 10
 Aisha, 10
Shumi, 11
Suma, 12
Rifa, 12,
Shobe Majaraz, 12
Mayasha, 12
Nargis, 13

Bangladesh has the second highest rate of child marriage in the world. Outside of the relatively progressive cities, girls are married off as young as 9 years old because they are seen as a burden for their families. The view is that men can earn a wage, but that women cannot. Girls older than 20 are considered old maids, unfit for marriage, which is generally a girl’s only realistic aspiration. Women and girls are harassed in the street. There have been cases of acid attacks against girls resulting from spurned marriage proposals or dowry disputes. Dozens of women and girls commit suicide each year because they are sexually harassed, which is infuriatingly referred to as “eve-teasing”.

As the surf girls are getting "older", men frequently harass them on the street or on the beach while they work. Their parents have been pushing them to wed, or get more “appropriate” work as domestic workers, which can put them in an unsafe environment.

In a conservative Muslim country it is uncommon to see these very vivacious, spirited, confident girls learning to surf and skateboard. They know that there is an alternative to the patriarchal, conservative lifestyle that they see imposed on women around them in their villages and communities. They’re up against so much, but rather than despair, they have dreams. The Surfer Girls all want something good for their lives; safe, stable and dignified jobs, an education, and the ability to choose to delay marriage until they are adults. One aspires to be a doctor, others dream of being professional surfers, and still others plan to work as lifeguards on the beach.

For the cost of only $50 per month, each girl will be guaranteed one healthy meal per day and safe transportation to and from work.

EVERY PENNY COUNTS.

Even the smallest amount will make a tangible difference in their lives.

Give them a chance to learn how to be themselves before they are forced to become someone's wife or mother.  With knowledge and confidence these girls have the strength to forge their own path. They will be the ones who have the power to begin to change the face of a society that is very cruel to young girls and women. This money will take the pressure off the girls and their families. All they need is a chance to breathe.

Please help us to make this dream a reality.


Love,

Venessa Rude + Allison Joyce



We are happy and proud that the girls have been featured in publications worldwide!

LA Times 
http://www.latimes.com/world/great-reads/la-fg-c1-bangladesh-surf-girls-20160404-story.html

TIME  
http://time.com/4076897/bangladesh-surf-girls/

National Geographic 
  http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/14/making-waves-with-the-bangladeshi-surf-girls/

New York Times
http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/04/08/despite-living-in-a-mans-world-the-surf-girls-of-bangladesh-are-on-the-rise/

Buzzfeed 
https://www.buzzfeed.com/katebubacz/these-photos-of-surfer-girls-in-bangladesh-will-bring-you-pu?utm_term=.piDqwWd28#.rfA1RX2Zw

Refinery 29
http://www.refinery29.com/girls-surf-school-bangladesh

El Mundo 
http://www.elmundo.es/yodona/lifestyle/2016/07/02/57753773e5fdeaa97f8b457c.html

The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/bangladeshi-surfer-girls-who-refuse-accept-sexism-women-rights-work-marry-a7227476.html#gallery

Bangladesh Surf Girl and Boys facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/Bangladeshsurfgirlsandboys/?fref=ts








Get to know the girls in the photos below from an ongoing photo project by Allison Joyce;


















All photos by Allison Joyce/Getty
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We are hosting a kid's surfing contest in November that our older kids will be running! We are so excited for our older kids to learn how to run a contest and encourage our younger kids and fan the stoke and get more youth involved in surfing ‍♀️if you would like to find ways to help, send us a message or if you want to message us videos of encouragement that we can show the kids we would love that. Or if your in Bangladesh come and cheer the kids on❤️
Pictured below in the surfing pics is a Johanara and Aisha!:)
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The girls have started their surf workshop on the beach- the weather was a bit stormy but now that the sun has come out they can begin skating and swim lessons as well. Pictured is Shobe Majarez, Aisha, and Mohir Johir leading the lessons.
Next month we will be running a surf contest for the local kids on the beach that are 12 and under. We will have our older girls and boys run it so they can learn how to host a contest. It will be group effort, and our goal is to get more younger kids excited to surf and just have fun. It will be the first time a contest has been run by a local community and though it will be small we are excited for the experience and chance to show Bangladesh that the local surfing community is able to do this.
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We've had a busy few months, we started a Surfing/Lifesaving workshop to empower our girls to teach new younger little girls the skills that they have learned over the years. It took a lot of risk and confidence for our original girls to even make the initial step of getting in the water and not letting the culture they grew up in limit them because they were a girl. They thrive in sports now and as they start to become teenagers we are encouraging them to pass along that gift they have to other girls- but with that comes the struggles that they still face daily. Their families are still trying to find ways to marry them off, send them to factories to work. So we are having to think of new ways to help them as they become teenagers- the girls will be giving lessons in all they have learned: surfing, skating, Lifesaving, writing, and drawing and we will be giving them a small salary/stipend per month to help support their families and themselves. Ultimately their dream has been to be able to do that for a living and we want to find ways to empower them to live their dreams and we are just trying to prevent losing girls. We also want more girls to get the same opportunities that the older girls have.

A few days ago, one of our dear friends Elizabeth took Johanara to a women's cricket match in Cox's Bazar to inspire her. It's so uncommon to see women in sports so for her to see a stadium full of people cheering for these women was a big thing!

We are so grateful for all the support and encouragement you continually give! And we are always open to any ideas and advice as we brainstorm to help the kids- you can email us at: bangladeshsurfgirlsandboys@gmail.com
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The boys are back from an amazing adventure in India, it had a rough start but was worth all the bumps in the road. Some of you may have seen the updates on Instagram and Facebook, but if you didn't: The guys missed their first flight to India due to being stuck on a bus in Dhaka traffic. We were able to get them on the next flight the following morning, and that flight ended up being delayed and they missed their connecting flight from Delhi to Chennai. Thankfully, since the airline was at fault, they rescheduled them for the next flight a few hours later, and the guys arrived late that night. The Surfing Federation of India was so flexible and gracious to us, and handled all the cancellation of pick ups and rescheduling for us. The Covelong Point Surf Festival started the following morning and they were able to meet all the other surfers from India, Maldives and Sri Lanka- who happen to be some of the most talented surfers. Our guys competed amongst some of the best and unfortunately didn't win, but they were able to learn from the other competitors from their neighboring countries and connect with them and get advice about their surf programs. It was definitely a humbling experience and the guys walked away wide-eyed with bigger dreams for themselves and for the girls. We will start working on getting a passport for one of the girl's again this month in preparation and hopeful that she will be able to go next year and represent Bangladesh:)

Than you to everyone who donated and helped get them there and made it possible for them to have passports. None of this would have been possible without your support:)

-Venessa, Rashed, and Allison
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Shawn
12 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/75mj5-avondale-all-stars

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Dalton
12 months ago

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Bert Deivert
26 months ago

I am so happy to see these young girls get a chance at doing what they want to do in life! All children should have that opportunity! Thank you Allison for your committment to this wonderful project!

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Shahed Khan
32 months ago

Very commendable!I would like to support the cause in a small way.Where can I give my suggestions?

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Irshad Alam
36 months ago

Sarah, yes we need swimming instructors in Bangladesh, a lot of youngsters drown every year as they dont know how to swim. There r one or two NGOs teaching swimming these days and u may contact them. You may also fb msg me.

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Ahad Siddike
38 months ago

I need 500$ imidiatly.my fathers eye oparetion

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Sarah Jorgensen
40 months ago

I want to come teach swimming skills! (i can speak Nepali- which is related to Hindi)

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Sarah Jorgensen
40 months ago

Any pics of them popping up? Or up?

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Denis Balibouse
44 months ago

Thanks for the update ! One day I will get lessons from them ;-)

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William Thomas
2 months ago

You do an amazing job, wish you all the best

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4 months ago
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Matthew Spaur
4 months ago

Have a great trip!

Shawn
12 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/75mj5-avondale-all-stars

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Dalton
12 months ago

Https://www.gofundme.com/opportunity-to-continue-my-dreams // Someone Please help me play football this season I am a 14 year old kid and I would love to play this season!

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Bert Deivert
26 months ago

I am so happy to see these young girls get a chance at doing what they want to do in life! All children should have that opportunity! Thank you Allison for your committment to this wonderful project!

+ Read More
Shahed Khan
32 months ago

Very commendable!I would like to support the cause in a small way.Where can I give my suggestions?

+ Read More
Irshad Alam
36 months ago

Sarah, yes we need swimming instructors in Bangladesh, a lot of youngsters drown every year as they dont know how to swim. There r one or two NGOs teaching swimming these days and u may contact them. You may also fb msg me.

+ Read More
Ahad Siddike
38 months ago

I need 500$ imidiatly.my fathers eye oparetion

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Sarah Jorgensen
40 months ago

I want to come teach swimming skills! (i can speak Nepali- which is related to Hindi)

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Sarah Jorgensen
40 months ago

Any pics of them popping up? Or up?

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Denis Balibouse
44 months ago

Thanks for the update ! One day I will get lessons from them ;-)

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