When we announced the Give to Girls (Give2Girls) campaign on March 8th, the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, the plan was to use the initial match of $2,000 to jumpstart the campaign and ignite excitement in investing in the women of tomorrow. But we did more than that — by the end of the day, we had raised almost $6,000, including the match, which will go down in Jolkona’s history as the highest single-day of fundraising we’ve had to date.
I want to stop there and let you re-read that last sentence.
That evening after launching the campaign, we hosted an event with CRAVE at PNK Ultra Lounge in downtown Seattle that was originally designed to launch the Give2Girls campaign, but because of your enormous support, the event turned into a celebration of the day and a call to rally around the campaign through the end of the month.
Well, continue the support is exactly what you did. During the three remaining weeks of March, I am thrilled to announce that the Give to Girls campaign raised just over $10,000 total for women and girls empowerment projects through Jolkona!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who sponsored, donated, helped get the word out, and supported this movement!
Together, in a hair over three weeks, here is the impact we made towards empowering women and girls:
- 2 girls educated in Nepal for 1 year
- 2 girl educated in China
- 2 girls educated for 1 year in India
- 1 girl attended “self-esteem” training in USA
- 4 days of doctor’s service provided in Bangladesh
- 1 woman in Sudan received a farming land
- 5 women trained in Haiti
- 3 energy efficient stoves provided in Nepal
- 3 weeks of food provided to safe houses in Iraq
- 4 hygiene kits provided in Tanzania
- 52 months of oral contraceptives supplied in Nepal
- 2 Afghani refugees in Pakistan received year long scholarships
- 2 neighborhood safe spaces provided in Haiti
- 4 mothers and their children got nutritional support in India
- 2 girls supported to attend day school in China
- 2 literary texts provided in Niger
- 2 days of medical supplies provided in Bangladesh
- 9 hygiene kits provided in camps in Haiti
- 3 solar lamps provided in Tanzania
- 3 girls saved from “honor killing” in Iraq
- 4 women’s stories sponsored in China
- 9 weeks of health screenings in Bangladesh
- 11 girls educated for 1 year in Afghanistan
- 3 days of training and counseling provided in Haiti
- 3 enslaved girls rescued in Nepal
- 200 lbs of seeds provided to women farmers in Sudan
- 6 field trips sponsored for girls in the USA
- 2 young women mentors trained in Nepal
- 1 girl trained in Pakistan
- 1 year of training provided in Niger
- 1 week of healthcare provided to a mother and her baby in Guatemala
Thank you to everyone in the Jolkona community for your tremendous support!
For those made one of the first $2,000 in donations, you will receive a proof of impact for the donation you made and the donation the Give2Girls fund matched on your behalf. Those gifts have already been added to your account, so you will be notified when they are completed.
To our donors: Thank you for contributing to the campaign and showing that individuals can make a huge difference in the world and small donations add up to create a big impact!
To our sponsors â€“ Thank you, Hias Gourmet, Virtually Savvy, and Flaunt, Inc. for coming together to combine your dollars and create the matched fund that ignited this campaign. It worked. And we are thankful for your support.
To our partner â€“ Thank you, CRAVE, including Melody Biringer, Nicole Shema, and the entire CRAVE team for partnering with us to turn an idea into a campaign and helping us show how important it is to support these projects.
Investing in women doesn’t stop here
You can continue to see the support of women and girls empowerment projects on the campaign page. Each of these projects tracks towards a larger goal, that of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically MDG #3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and MDG #5: Improve Maternal Health. If youâ€™re as passionate about investing in the women of tomorrow as we are, we ask that you continue to support these projects and change the statistics.
Because as we know, women are vital when it comes to changing the world. And can you imagine what that world will look like?