East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative Evening Fundraiser

East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative Evening Fundraiser

Please join Brighter Green and Tribal Link for an evening fundraiser for our collaborative East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative

Featuring an update on the initiative and a live performance by singer-songwriter Joy Askew.

In addition, Grace Koitumet, who works with SIMOO and directly with the students, will be in attendance and will speak about the program.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to: research1@brightergreen.org

The East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative is a pilot effort that’s engaging deeply with 10 young women (five in Kenya and five in Tanzania from Maasai communities) to develop their skills, capabilities, knowledge, and confidence so that as adult women they can be successful community leaders and effective advocates for indigenous peoples and the environment at national and international levels, too. This is particularly important as climate change and the effects of globalization are felt more intensely by communities around the world, including those the young women come from in Kenya and Tanzania. The initiative takes its inspiration in part from the late Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, for whom education and mentoring opened up a new world of possibility.

We sought to raise $1,500 at this fundraiser, which supports one young woman’s education, mentoring, rights and skills development workshops, and living expenses for one year. Recently, we received an anonymous matching grant of $1500 and are now increasing our fundraising goal to $3000, which would support two young women’s education, living, and program costs for one year.

The fundraiser is free. We ask that you donate what you can; any donation amount is greatly appreciated. Donations will be accepted the night of the 6th, or if you’d like, feel free to donate beforehand at our Crowdrise site. If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation through Crowdrise.

Feel free to share this invitation with friends and colleagues.

*In addition to Brighter Green and Tribal Link, the East African Young Women’s Leadership Initiative partners are PAICODEO in Tanzania and SIMOO and the Indigenous Information Network both based in Kenya.