As a mother to three girls, I strive to teach them gratitude. We are so fortunate and privileged to live in a country where education is free!
For this reason, the only way I could teach my daughters not to take their education for granted was to give them some global awareness to the best of my ability.
Last October, I was given the opportunity to be a part of the fundraising committee for One Girl Can‘s annual #Iwant2be fundraiser.
One Girl Can is a registered charity based out of Vancouver that provides educational opportunities to impoverished girls living in highly marginalized areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.
The event raised more than $200,000, which went towards building washrooms and dormitories in girls schools in Kenya.
It’s been a pleasure showing my daughters photos of the girl’s schools One Girl Can have built, along with photos of these girls raising their hands and holding up signs of what they would like to be in the mentoring programs. This has evoked engaging conversation surrounding girls education, philanthropy, and of course what my daughters would like to be.
On, April 13th, 2017 join One Girl Can for the third annual #Iwant2be fundraiser at The Imperial in Vancouver (319 Main Street) From 5:30-8:30 pm and help them build and equip two high school science labs in Kenya!
The night will include a live and silent auction from some of Vancouver’s top brands, and mingling with dynamic influencers and business leaders, all for a good cause!
Since 2012, One Girl Can have invested in rehabilitating four schools in Kenya and Uganda and has built much-needed classrooms, science labs, dormitories, washrooms, and libraries. There are currently 136 high-achieving girls, raised in extreme poverty, on full secondary school scholarships and 60 girls in university pursuing degrees that will lead to lucrative careers.
Over the next 10 years, One Girl Can will provide scholarships that will see a thousand skilled and competent young women graduate from university and embark on careers in a diverse array of professions, from teaching and nursing to civil engineering and business management. The secondary scholarship program will cultivate hundreds of determined and confident girls, capable of critical decision-making and independent thinking and give them an increased chance at attending university. All of them will help lift their families out of poverty and begin to shift the needle on economic growth as well as gender imbalance and injustice towards women — an issue that is so prevalent in the developing world.
Tickets are $69 and are available for purchase online through Eventbrite. Each guest will receive an AG Hair gift bag valued at $68, one complimentary drink, and appetizers from award-winning Juno Kim Catering. Join us and help build and equip two high school science labs in Kenya.
The #IWant2Be One Girl Can fundraiser is generously supported by its sponsors AG Hair, Ivivva by Lululemon, Beedie Development Group, TD Canada Trust, Hemlock, KPMG, Odlum Brown Limited, Mirabel Vineyards and Daily Hive Vancouver.
To learn more please visit https://onegirlcan.com.