Donations are tax-deductible!

BFGSF has teamed up with Together We Can, Inc. (TWC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to partnering with “groups committed to making significant and meaningful changes in their communities, both locally and internationally.” TWC’s mission is “to provide opportunities and assistance for people in need to empower them to transform their lives” by coordinating resources to areas of identified need.

Through our partnership with TWC, all donations to BFGSF are now tax-deductible. With no administrative fees, 100% of your generous donation goes to BFGSF.

To donate to BFGSF through PayPal or credit/debit card, go to TWC and select Burkina Faso Girls’ Scholarship Fund.

To donate by check, make sure to write BFGSF on the memo and mail to:

Together We Can, Inc.
1416 Ewing Drive
Garner, NC  27529

Please indicate your mailing address if you’d like to receive a receipt for tax deductions. For EIN (Employee Identification Number) or other information, please email TWC.

*Note: For purchases of Shea4She shea butter, please send all sales to BurkinaGirlsSF@gmail.com, NOT to TWC. Thanks!

Thank you so much for generously supporting girls’ education!

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Shea4She- New skin cream to support girls’ education!

We have whipped shea butter from a women’s co-op in Burkina Faso, Africa into a vitamin-rich, natural skin cream for you! All proceeds go to support girls’ education with BFGSF.

Become an advocate for girls’ education- order your Shea4She mousse by emailing your selection to BurkinaGirlsSF@gmail.com. Shea4She can be purchased through PayPal (to BurkinaGirlsSF@gmail.com).Picture2

 

Update in the Friends of Burkina Faso newsletter!

Our article in the FBF newsletter gives an update on the BFGSF girls (pg 9)! Thank you to the Friends of Burkina Faso for their support and for the opportunity to share our latest news in their publication! A photo of Judith, the BFGSF high school scholar whom we interviewed for the article, is pictured below.

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Number of scholars doubles & BFGSF makes the news!

BFGSF made the national Burkina Faso daily newspaper, Le Pays! The article highlights the scholars as they start the 2016-2017 school year. There are 35 BFGSF scholarship recipients this year, which is double last year’s number, thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF) and donations raised from the Gender Bender fundraiser in April. Thanks to FBF and all donors for your support!BFGSF in the news!

GENDER BENDER!

BFGSF is pleased to announce our upcoming fundraiser at The Station in Carrboro, NC, Saturday, April 16! This event will explore our concepts of gender and gender roles, expanding our awareness to how females and males are perceived differently around the world. We seek to cultivate our world to value and enable individuals to be themselves and reach their potentials, free from any restrictions based on gender.

Drag yourself, Drag your friends for an all night Gender Bender! Let your expresion be un’tied’ to gender; ‘skirt’ gender norms. Wear what ‘suits’ you, and ‘make-up’ yourself as any/all/no gender! Say YES to the dress! Gender play/blurring is encouraged but not required.

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Grant award and more news!

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Grant: BFGSF is pleased to announce we have won a grant from Friends of Burkina Faso! This support enables the purchase of bikes for students this school year, along with resources for bike maintenance and repair.

Bicycles are the bridge to education for girls who may live in rural areas far from school. With household chores, girls cannot spend hours walking 12 miles each way to school. Bikes equal access to education.

Twitter:  We’re now on Twitter! Connect with us @_BFGSF !

Peace Corps Partnership: We’re happy to announce a new collaboration with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso! Peace Corps volunteers will be third party stewards to work with our program on the ground! We are thrilled with this new positive and productive way to promote girls’ education.

Excerpt from the Friends of Burkina Faso: Nicholas Kristoff writes: “Over time, I’ve concluded that the greatest unexploited resource in poor countries isn’t oil or gold; it’s people and that education may be the single best way to help people help themselves. […] I’d suggest a moment to raise a glass and celebrate those who spread the transformative gift of education.”

I’d like to urge friends not only to toast those who are actively involved in promoting education, but to help create educational opportunities for girls in Burkina Faso. Providing financial support on behalf of one or both of FBF-sponsored scholarship programs is an excellent way to enable young women to gain an education! Studies show that women who are educated gain control over their lives–benefiting not only themselves, but their families and their communities at large.

Our partner, recently affiliated with FBF Projects is the Burkina Faso Girls Scholarship Fund (a.k.a. BFGSF). This program was developed in collaboration with Hermann Yelkouny, the Director of Help for the Future, a Burkinbè NGO. (Note, one co-founder served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Titao, Burkina Faso in 1999-2002). The primary focus of BFGSF is to offer need-based scholarships to girls living in the rural areas of Gonsin, enabling them to advance their education in neighboring Yako where there is a secondary school.

It is noteworthy that the objectives of BFGSF are consistent with the goals of a U.S. government-wide initiative launched last March by the President and First Lady, called Let Girls Learn. Principal objectives of Let Girls Learn is to address the challenges preventing young girls from attending and completing school which will put them in a position to realize their potential as adults. The initiative “places particular emphasis on community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent adolescent girls from completing their education”. As part of this U.S. government’s effort, the Peace Corps is developing programs, including one in Burkina Faso, that “will empower local leaders to put lasting solutions in place.”

Keep in mind: when a girl in Burkina Faso receives an education, she marries later, has fewer children, earns more income, and is better able to invest in her children’s health and education. An educated woman gains control of her own life. She also is better able to contribute to the development of villages in Burkina Faso and the nation as a whole. Importantly, education empowers the next generation to reach its potential.

HUCKLEBERRY HAW!

Hi everyone! I’m building a homemade raft and will float on it down the Haw River July 18-19, Huckleberry Finn style! How far do you think I will make it down the stretch of class I-II river for girls’ education?  Place your bets on the distance you think my little raft will go down ol’ man river! 0 miles? 1/2 mile? 5.6 miles? Whoever is closest wins a Burkina Faso Girls’ Scholarship Fund prize!

Please give me some incentive to take my fragile bones on a ramshackle heap coursing over rocks and rapids! Make a pledge for each mile I make it down river! My goal is 5.6 miles!  You can change your bet/pledge anytime til July 17.

Also, you can make a donation anytime.  Donors giving $20 and up will receive exclusive access to photos/video of the event! Join the fun!

Every donated dollar goes to BFGSF to support girls to high school graduation so they can have better opportunities for employment and life.  Please share this event with your friends!  Thanks for your support!

-Beth Knight

“We all go through a challenge in life because without a challenge there’d be no reason to keep going toward your future.”
― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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CROSS-COUNTRY ARM WRESTLING!

Arm wrestling challenge: road trip style!
September-October 2014

Supporting scholarships from sea to shining sea! As I traveled across the country, from California to North Carolina, I arm wrestled one person in each state for every donation made to the Burkina Faso Girls!  Thank you to the donors for sponsoring my arms for girls’ education!  More photos & video are on our Facebook page.

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ARM WRESTLING TOURNAMENT!

Talk about strong-arm fundraising! We agreed to compete in an arm wrestling tournament if BFGSF supporters raised enough money for the girls!  You met the challenge, and so Death Knight wrestled on May 17, 2014 with the League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham (LUEWWD)!  We ended up making it to the championship round and raised money at the tournament for another worthy organization as well!  Photos by Jeffrey Camarati.

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FUNKILICIOUS!

Funk to fund a good cause!  We had a Funkilicious fundraiser event April 30, 2011 at The Station, in Carrboro, North Carolina.  There was a silent auction, raffle prizes, and of course funky beats & style!

 

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