Support the Bangladeshi surf girls

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Raised by 539 people in 42 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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India Update: We have some good new and bad news. Unfortunately, the girls were not able to get their passports issued to them. We ran into several problems, and even after using a lot of our connections to help us out, we still didn't succeed. However, the boys HAVE their passports and we really wanted to honor them and show them that we are still committed to taking them even if the girls can't join. So we applied for visas in Chittagong and two trips to Chittagong later- WE FINALLY GOT THEIR VISAS! We are so excited for them, for the boys its the first time thy have ever left the country and get to represent Bangladesh and compete and connect with Indian surfers. We are still short about $500 in order to cover their expenses, and if you would like to help support the boys- we would greatly appreciate it. We were really heartbroken over the girls not being able to go and tried everything, but we don't want the boys to miss out on this amazing opportunity. You can donate here or on our website at: www.bangladeshsurfing.com

-Venessa and Bangladesh Surf Girls and Boys:)
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We have some VERY exciting news! The Surfing Federation of India has invited four of our kids to participate in an International Surfing Competition in August. We have picked two girls and two boys to represent Bangladesh and are honored to be a part of it! Last year the president of the federation visited Cox's Bazar and spent time with our kids and was impressed by their dedication and extended an invite, but it was too short of time to prepare the kids and get permission and passports ready. This year we really hope to go, and hope to raise the money for their passport fees, visas, and flights. Once we get there, the Surfing Federation of India will cover our boarding and food:) All of you have been so amazing and generous in taking care of our kids- it surely takes a village! If you want to be a part of sending them on this once in a lifetime experience you can donate here or on our website, all donations are tax-deductible and we will send you a receipt with our tax-id number. If we have any money left over, it will go towards food donation bags to the kids to keep the program running for the rest of the year:) Please help us make this dream possible!

We will keep you updated:)
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We made this little video for the kids to see how much they have grown and see the change over the past few years. Not all the change has been good, kids have come and sadly gone. But we are grateful for the fun we have had and for all the people that have met along the way and that have partnered with us to make this dream possible:)
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We can’t thank you enough for the love and support. I (Venessa) just returned from Bangladesh a few days ago, after being gone for over a year. Rashed will be staying there for an additional month to check in with the leaders, the kids, and their families and prepare the kids for the upcoming surf contest. It was definitely an amazing trip- the kids have grown so much, almost every single one of them is enrolled in school, receiving tutoring, riding shortboards, improved in their skateboarding skills, bringing and sharing what they have learned with their younger siblings. Also to see the kids acting like a typical adolescent teenager with an attitude- makes me respect my parents so much more, I don’t know how parents do it. Rashed, Roshiid, and Sukkur have been so patient and incredible leaders- even when the kids make it very hard! My heart couldn’t help but break to see and experience what the club was like without two of our original girls- one is now working in a garment factory in Chittagong, and the other has chosen to stay home and learn the ways of cooking and preparing to be a wife soon. As much as it was their choice, I wish that there would have been a way to convince them to stay, to be able to give them their dream. It was the first time I let myself deal with the heartbreak of all the time and investment in their lives and to have them walk away because they were tired of the fight and having to stand up for themselves. We could only do so much, and at the end of the day we want to help people who also want to help themselves. We are grateful and holding close the kids who are continuing to be changemaker’s in their community in hopes that one day they will have the chance to be the first in their family to go to college, get a job, maybe represent Bangladesh and surf in the Olympics (one can dream). When Allison created this page in 2015, I would have never thought we would now be a registered non-profit and that we would still be able to provide food bags, education and surfing. We are ever so grateful to you for partnering with us and being a part of making these children’s journey a better one.
In front of their new school
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Shawn
8 months ago

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Dalton
8 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
22 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
28 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
32 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
34 months ago

I need 500$ imidiatly.my fathers eye oparetion

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Sarah Jorgensen
36 months ago

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

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Sarah Jorgensen
36 months ago

Any pics of them popping up? Or up?

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Denis Balibouse
40 months ago

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

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Anonymous
4 days ago
MS
$50
Matthew Spaur
4 days ago

Have a great trip!

MS
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Matthew Spaur
1 month ago

Great news! Travel and surf go hand in hand. Hope you all have a great trip.

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Julia Castlen
1 month ago

So excited to see the progress with this group!

Shawn
8 months ago

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

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Dalton
8 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
22 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
28 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
32 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
34 months ago

I need 500$ imidiatly.my fathers eye oparetion

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Sarah Jorgensen
36 months ago

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

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Sarah Jorgensen
36 months ago

Any pics of them popping up? Or up?

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Denis Balibouse
40 months ago

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

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