Support the Bangladeshi surf girls

$23,356 of $9,600 goal

Raised by 472 people in 25 months
Allison Joyce  WEYMOUTH, MA

JOIN US!


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




+ Read More
Update 27
Posted by Allison Joyce
5 months ago
   Share
1
1
Octoberr food bags were delivered earlier this month, and the kids have had many surprises-a surprise visit from Allison, CriticaLink visited and taught a women's nutrition class, did health exams on the girls, and taught a self defense class, and Microsoft Bangladesh came and taught a computer course! Seriously, can't believe all the opportunities that they have had because of all the support from all of you! Our jr. boys were also able to take part and benefit from it too:)
Soma is doing much better and got back a few weeks ago fro Dhaka for a follow-up- and she will be good:) Thank you to everyone who helped out, Rashed will take her back in 3 months for a check-up:)
Johanara picking up her food bag
Our jr boys helping Rashed get food bags
Some:)
+ Read More
Update 26
Posted by Allison Joyce
6 months ago
   Share
1
1
Sorry for the late update for September, the girls got their food donations several weeks ago and will get their next bag in a few days:)
Allison is visiting now and connected Rashed and the girls with Criticalink who came to Cox's Bazar and did a emergency medical, self defense and women's health class with them. Allison took some amazing photographs of the class and we will share pictures of it in a few days, we also have some pictures posted on their facebook page:)
Soma and Johanara picking up food bags
Rita picking up her and her sister's bag
Nargis & Mayesha getting donations
+ Read More
Update 25
Posted by Allison Joyce
7 months ago
   Share
As some of you probably saw on our Facebook page, this last month was a tough month for the girls. One of the girls Soma, was hit by another girl's board as they were diving under a wave. The board sliced her cheek open, and Rashed took her to the private hospital in Cox's bazar where she received stitches. When he took her back to get it cleaned, the doctor said there wasn't a lot they could do and they didn't know if the stitches would hold....so he contacted our friend Elizabeth in Dhaka, who later made some phone calls and found a better doctor to check it out. So Rashed and Soma hopped on a plane and flew to Dhaka where they were welcomed by many friends and strangers who opened their homes, fed them meals, visited Soma at the hospital. The next step is to go back later when its healed more and look into a plastic surgeon that can help. Honestly, our biggest fear is the teasing that comes along with it, and her little community of boys and girls have been so protective over her and defending her. Some people haven't been very nice and have commented that her injury is a good reason that girls shouldn't be surfing and belong at home, or that it will effect someone choosing to marry her. It's been a lot, but so many people have sent encouraging words to her and she is a courageous girl. We are so thankful to those who have offered to help pay her medical bills and offered to send care packages to her. It has meant a lot to Rashed and her family, as Rashed has been juggling everything. We will keep you updated on how she is doing and her next check up.
Soma at the doctor
Nargis picking up her food
All the kids skateboarding
+ Read More
Update 24
Posted by Allison Joyce
8 months ago
   Share
Just wanted to update you all with some new photos. The girls celebrated Eid with the club, they had a great time! And Johanara has loved being enrolled in school and especially loves her uniform and books :)
Eid Mubarak!
Johanara loves school!
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Bert Deivert
5 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
11 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
15 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
17 months ago

I need 500$ imidiatly.my fathers eye oparetion

+ Read More
Sarah Jorgensen
19 months ago

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

+ Read More
Sarah Jorgensen
19 months ago

Any pics of them popping up? Or up?

+ Read More
Denis Balibouse
23 months ago

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

+ Read More

$23,356 of $9,600 goal

Raised by 472 people in 25 months
Created February 13, 2015
RW
$75
Renate Williams
1 month ago

I am absolutely impressed by the will and courage of these girls. And that needs to be respected. I believe in the right for every human being to determine their life. Society needs strong women as it is the only way to happiness for the whole.

$50
Bridgett Javid
1 month ago
1
1
DF
$30
Delphine Fournier-Bidoz
1 month ago
DB
$10
Dorthe Borum
1 month ago
$10
Isobel Shapiro
2 months ago(Monthly Donation)
LK
$100
Lindsay Kinsler
3 months ago
ET
$30
Elizabeth Thorne
3 months ago
$10
Isobel Shapiro
3 months ago(Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
$50
Anonymous
4 months ago
Bert Deivert
5 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
11 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
15 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
17 months ago

I need 500$ imidiatly.my fathers eye oparetion

+ Read More
Sarah Jorgensen
19 months ago

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

+ Read More
Sarah Jorgensen
19 months ago

Any pics of them popping up? Or up?

+ Read More
Denis Balibouse
23 months ago

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

+ Read More
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now

Pledge now, give later.

Pledge Now
You won't be charged for this pledge. We'll let Allison know that you have pledged support.
Thank you!
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.