Help us meet our goal of raising $50,000

Monday, December 28, 2009

Letter of acceptance from IRS

The Mountain Fund's annual 2009 report

To all GEI supporters,
Without the support of The Mountain Fund these past three years, we would not have been able to run GEI. For more information and to see their 2009 Annual Report, please click here.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Donate to Girls Education International!
A girls education = The worlds next great resource!
Help bring educational opportunities to under-served girls in remote and undeveloped regions of the world! It's just one click away!

Girls Education International is an official 501(c)3 tax-free, nonprofit organization

How your donation helps change the life of a girl:
• $250 sends a Liberian girl to college for one year
• $200 sends a Laphi girl to secondary school for one year
• $50 sends a Liberian girl to school for one semester
• Other amount. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Or if you prefer to pay by check, please mail check payable to
Girls Education International:
Girls Education International
PO Box 853
Lyons, CO 80540

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

GEI announces new project in Pakistan and new partner NGO, Bedari

Meet Rifat

At just 12 years old, Rifat knows the value of education. While carrying firewood and working in the fields, she regularly watches her two brothers trek off to secondary school in the neighboring village.
After their father died when she was just six, the family needed more laborers. Because a boy’s education is valued more highly and money is tight, Rifat is unable to continue her studies, despite being a bright student. Your donation means that Rifat will be able to attend secondary school. With an education, Rifat will be more likely to marry later, have fewer and healthier children, contribute economically to her family and village, and potentially break the cycle of poverty.

How you can help Rifat and other girls like her:

Girls Education International (GEI) is excited to announce the implementation of a new educational project in
Pakistan. After three long years of stalled efforts due to political chaos in the region, we have finally vetted and are partnering with the Pakistani-based womens’ rights organization, Bedari ( ). We will support a scholarship model for girls’ education that Bedari developed, to be implemented in the remote village of Laphi.

Laphi, a town of 3,500 located in the northern mountains of the
Salt Range in the Punjab province, does not have a secondary school. Though one lies just five miles away in a neighboring village, most Laphi villagers can’t afford to pay for the travel costs and school fees for both their girl and boy children. And because a girls’ education is undervalued, only boys typically attend school. Thus, most of the village women are married in their late teens, illiterate, and have little to no education beyond primary school.

Girls Education International is partnering with Bedari to provide many of Laphi’s girls with the opportunity to attend secondary school. With a group of village volunteers and elders overseeing the project, administrative support from Bedari, and financial support from GEI, these girls will have the opportunity to better their lives and improve the health and economies of their communities. As former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated: "There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, lower infant and
maternal mortality, improve nutrition, and promote health ...”

Please support Girls Education International’s goal of raising $5,000 by the end of 2009 to fund our new Pakistani program as well as to support our continued efforts in
Liberia and Nepal. Your generous donation means that one child like Rifat (see sidebar) can escape the cycle of poverty and help uplift her entire community.

We, and the girls you help educate, thank you for supporting our efforts to educate young women around the world.

Lizzy Scully & Heidi Wirtz
Founders of Girls Education International

PS. Please mail your donation, payable to Girls Education International:
Girls Education International
PO Box 853
Lyons, CO 80540

Or if you would like to donate online with your credit card, please click:

Girls Education International is an official 501(c)3 tax-free, nonprofit organization

How your donation helps change the life of a girl:
• $250 sends a Liberian girl to college for one year
• $200 sends a Laphi girl to secondary school for one year
• $50 sends a Liberian girl to school for one semester
• Other amount. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Monday, November 16, 2009

United States doesn't make top ten best places to live for women

Best and Worst Places In Terms of Women's Freedom
Sun, 03/16/2008

I got this off

The world that humanity lives today faces critical changes in various fields, be it human rights, environment protection or information technology. For centuries people fought for their rights and during the whole history of human existence women were considered inferior to men. Today women have more freedom and are granted more power than they had in the past, but still, the image of a contemporaneous woman, who is self-confident, successful and surrounded by the glowing feminine aura, is greatly spoiled in some of the countries.

A lot of women today have to face violence, discrimination and ignorance that prevailed long time ago. According to Taina Bien-Aime, executive director of New York-based Equality Now, not one woman of the 21st century can feel fully free. Surely the world shows significant progress in terms of women's rights. There are improved laws, better education and ability for women to earn more money. These improvements, however, were not able to reach some of the globe's regions, were old problems are still on, and where women cannot feel protected.

afghanistan_womanMost of problems for women occur in poor countries. But it is worth mentioning that no matter what country a woman is in, if she is a refugee then she is very vulnerable. Women face so many issues that finding the top 10 worst places were they hardly feel like women or don't feel like that at all is quite difficult. The list shown below points out the countries with such severe violations of women's rights that even murder is considered to be something usual.

According to Cheryl Hotchkiss, who works as the campaigner for women's rights at Amnesty International Canada, there are lots and lots of obstacles that women have to face in order to receive proper education. Despite the free education some mothers refuse to give their daughters to school due to the fact that their girls can be kidnapped and raped.

Taking care of pregnant woman is a great issue as well. Very often women in poor countries are forced to marry very early. In addition from a young age they get pregnant. A very serious problem for women is linked with infections with HIV/AIDS.

Because women cannot control their own destiny, their lives may be forever affected since early childhood. The worst places for women are considered to be:

1. Afghanistan

2. Democratic Republic of Congo

3. Iraq

4. Nepal

5. Sudan

6. Guatemala

7. Mali

8. Pakistan

9. Saudi Arabia

10. Somali (especially its capital Mogadishu)

Women living in some of these countries face domestic violence, rape and in addition the upper mentioned countries register the highest rate of HIV/AIDS. Mali, for instance, is the place where most women suffer from genital mutilation and where one in ten women dies during pregnancy or childbirth. Pakistan is where men's crimes are punished through gang-rape of their women.

In terms of life expectancy, level of education and standard of living, some of the best places for women are considered to be:

1. Iceland
2. Norway
3. Australia
4. Canada
5. Ireland
6. Sweden
7. Switzerland
8. Japan
9. Netherlands
10. France

The data provided in this article is taken from the UNDP Gender-related development index. The full list is available at:

Iceland surpassed Norway as the most favorable place for women, and generally speaking, as one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Iceland is considered to be the most desirable place to live in. Such opinion was presented in the annual U.N. table, which was published on March 11, 2008.

The United States have the 12th place. It is worth mentioning that last year the country was 8th in the U.N. Human Development Index.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Beats for Books- Success!- Thank You!!!

A Huge Thank You To everyone that donated, supported and volunteered to make this an amazing event!

We raised over $7,000, which will be directed into our scholarship programs in Liberia and Nepal as well as help to fund the start of our upcoming Pakistan project.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kids' Show--check out Tori Allen, Scott Cory, and Hans Flourine on the Nose--presented by Lynn Hill

This is going to be a blast. The film is older (Tori might even be finished with college by now!), but I'm really looking forward to seeing it. What a hoot--put an 11-year-old and 13-year-old sport climber on El Cap with one of Yosemite's most accomplished climbers, and what happens? I'm not sure. I look forward to finding out :)

And don't forget, some folks from Girls Ed will be at Adventure Film on Saturday to answer any questions you might have!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Check out our latest KGNU radio interview with Nikki Kaiser

Here is a cool interview Lizzy Scully did with Nikki Kayser of KGNU September 21, 2009. We set the interview to photos of GEI's girls in Liberia, the girls who inspired the nonprofit from Pakistan, as well as some photos girls from other countries.

Lynn Hill's Beats for Books presentation and clinic

Lynn Hill speaking at Beats for Books and teaching climbing clinics. We want to extend a huge thanks to Lynn for supporting our girls in Liberia and Nepal! Thanks!

Beats for Books silent auction photos

Silent Auction

Justin working the silent auction booth.

Justin and Carolyn McHale working the silent auction booth, Beats for Books.

Beats for Books Live Auction Photos

Photos from Beats for Books!

Malcolm Daly and the live auction of athletes. Malcolm worked the crowd up to bidding $225 for Madaleine Sorkin.

Emily Harrington and Katie Brown brought in a nice $280, which pays for nearly three Liberian girls to go to school!

Malcolm chat with Girls Ed Co-founder Heidi Wirtz.

Malcolm got the audience to bid $225 for Kelly Cordes.

Malcolm and Lizzy thank Eric Noll and Carolyn McHale for being the "most helpful volunteers" for Girls Education International.

Girls Education International to be at Boulder Adventure Film Fest this weekend

Hey all, Heidi and I will be at Boulder Adventure Film this Saturday all day to answer any and ally questions people might have about Girls Education International. We hope to see you there! Adventure Film has been incredibly supportive of Girls Ed. They brought a variety of films to our Beats for Books events, and they've made us one of their featured nonprofits. We'd love to support them in turn! This is one of the shows that is especially appealing to me:

"FAMILY/KIDS SHOW"- fun for the whole family!
Join rock climbing Legend and mother, Lynn Hill as she introduces and presents this fantastic climbing film and shares with the audience some inspiration on climbing, life and family.

Wall Rats- 60 min
Directed by Steve Edwards

Tori Allen, 13, and Scott Cory, 11, are sport climbers who've excelled at international competitions. Speed climber Hans Florine thinks that their small stature might allow them, as a team, to make the second free ascent of the Nose, a famous route shooting straight up Yosemite Valley's El Capitan. Neither of the kids have much outdoor climbing experience or have ever been more than 100' off the ground. How they'll respond to a multi-day adventure up a 3,000 foot wall is anybody's guess, not to mention... no one that young has ever climbed El Capitan! With very little planning, they embark on a 5-day adventure into history.

See you this weekend!
-Lizzy Scully

Beats for Books photos!

Patrick Megeath, aka Dirt Monkey, played beats for Beats for Books.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Beats for Books a success! Note from the Executive Director, Lizzy Scully

Wow, we really had a great turnout for Beats for Books, as well as an enthusiastic crowd. Before costs, we've cleared $6000, but it could be closer to $7000 as many people haven't paid for their silent auction items yet. This is fantastic. We are thrilled. We have so many people to thank... where to start?! I'll list all the amazing people below. First a recap of the evening.

We started out a bit late, with clinics beginning around 6. Oskar Blues beer and food from Sherpas and Whole Foods was served around that same time, as well as wine generously donated by Market Square Liquor and chai donated by Third Street Chai. Lynn Hill's fun and engaging presentation began around 8 or so. She showed video footage of an early ascent with Beth Bennett, along with footage of the Nose, and then, finally and most hilarious, a clip of her night on David Letterman. I always love when Lynn speaks because she captures everyone's attention within minutes. All she has to do is start talking and showing slides, and people stop what they are doing to watch. I want to extend a special thanks to Lynn for helping us out! She also taught a clinic, which received great reviews. I wish I could have taken it, but I was running around like a madwoman trying to answer questions every 2 minutes or so. Madness. But fun madness.

After Lynn's show, Heidi did a very short presentation on Girls Ed, and then Malcolm Daly, owner of Great Trango Holdings, led the Live Auction bidding. He was hilarious. He interviewed each of the athletes present and managed to get the audience to bid a minimum of $100 per athlete, but in some cases close to $300. Go Mal!

The silent auction opened when the doors opened. Few people bid initially, but by the end of the evening we had close to 100 people bidding, and that brought in a huge chunk of cash. Malcolm Daly and Isaac Savitz made the highest bid for Janet Guenther's painting of Jonny Copp with the Indian Guru. Thanks to all three of you!

Last but not least, Patrick Megeath, aka Dirt Monkey, played incredible music all night. The evening ended around midnight with volunteers still enthusiastically helping clean and put stuff away, while boogying to Dirt Monkey's beats.

Oh yeah, and I must not forget to let everyone know that this was a very low-waste event. We used all corn-based, compostable cups and utensils as well as compostable napkins and paper plates. We also recycled all the beer cans, Izze bottles, and pretty much everything. My truck is completely packed with stuff (and is also now totally covered with snow because of this monster snowstorm that just hit the Front Range). Thanks to Eco-Cycle for providing the zero-waste bins for free.

Special thanks to Eric Noll and Carolyn McHale for putting a ton of time into the event. We really appreciate your efforts!

Also, special thanks to our title sponsors...

The North Face has been a long-time supporter of Girls Education International, consistently donating high-dollar items for our silent auctions. In fact, they have donated the most high-dollar items to Girls Ed since we started. The North Face rocks!

The Spot Gym not only donated their space and their employees, but they also donated some money for silent and live auction items. Thanks so much Dan Howley, Jackie, Alex, Andrew, Brett, and Ashley Woods. You guys and gals are amazing and generous, and you have a rockin' bouldering gym!

Oskar Blues has been supportive of Girls Ed for the last year, supplying beer on a small scale to meetings and small parties. We welcome them on board as larger donors. Thanks especially to their marketing guy, Chad Melis. He served the beer and auctioned himself off, bringing $120 in to Girls Ed. Lucky winner Kevin McGarvey will be spending an afternoon with him mountain biking and then touring the Oskar Blues Brewery and drinking beer.

Thanks also to the following volunteers and athletes!
Justin Voorhees, who is the CFO for Girls Ed, and Brook helped out throughout the evening.
Madaleine Sorkin auctioned herself off, raising $225 for Girls Ed, and she taught a clinic and helped throughout the evening.
Annette Yuan made the delicious desserts and helped during the event.
Cary Jobe donated a beautiful picture and served wine.
Russell Holcomb took all the video and helped run the slide show & video presentations.
Roshan Roghani donated the fine Boulder Balm products and helped out at the event. Plus she is on our Board of Directors.
Melissa and Joel Love donated one of Joel's photos and spent half the night in the silent auction room with their adorable son, Elijah.
John Lloyd took photos all night.
Boulder Adventure Films provide films and Sam to help run them all night.
Katie Brown and Emily Harrington brought in close to $300 for the live auction, auctioning themselves off as a team.
Robyn and Shawn Ebesfield-Rabotou taught a clinic
Lisa McAlister, who is on the Girls Ed Advisory Board, spent a few hours in the silent auction area and helped close out the auction.
Eddie Clark donated a day of action photography.
Kelly Cordes raised $225 by being auctioned off for a day of ice climbing.
Caolan MacMahon spent Sunday afternoon with Girls Ed at Whole Foods and helped out at the event.
Malcolm Daly did a fantastic job of being the auctioneer for the live auction.
Alex Honnold donated a day of his time to climb with a lucky person from The Spot Gym. He brought in $225.
Chris Weidner brought in $100 to support girls ed by auctioning himself off for a day.
Majka Burhardt brought in $100 in the live auction as well.
And thanks to all these volunteers for being available throughout the evening: Victoria Mata, Mike Newlands, Aly Nicklas, Heather Swallow, Sarah Watson, Brook from Lulu Lemon, and Kestrel Hanson.
And thanks to the Boulder Rock club for loaning us tables and selling tickets, and to Neptune Mountaineering and The North Face store for selling tickets.
Last, but certainly not least, thanks to all our donors and sponsors: Clif Bar, Stonewear, Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder Balm, Eddie Clark Photography, the American Alpine Club, Jetboil, Green Guru, Izze, Hugger Mugger, Julbo, Boulder Rock Club, Ames Adventure Outfitters, Manduka, Evolv, Climbing Magazine, Adventure Medical Kits, Glassworks of Estes, Boldface Design, Pacific Outdoor Equipment, Suunto, Market Square Liquor, and Third Street Chai. The art donated by: Suspended Stone Designs, Dan Gambino, Topher Donahue, Pattie Lee Becker, Janet Guenther, Emilie Lee, Renan Ozturk, Joel Love, Celin Serbo, Keith Ladzinski, Cary Jobe, and a wonderful man named Tim (whose last name I did not get, sorry Tim!). He brought two paintings in last minute.

I'm sure I'm missing some people. So sorry if I am, but you know who you are. All of you are ensuring that Girls Education International can maintain our programs in Liberia and Nepal and start our new program in Pakistan in 2010.


Photos to come soon.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Joel Love photo, "Eldo," to be auctioned off at Beats for Books fundraiser

Now selling T-Shirts

You can now buy Girls Education International T-shirts. We have cute, feminine V-necks and scoop necks and standard men's Tees. Check out the button on our blogs, or go to our website.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

3 days until Girls Ed's annual Beats for Books fundraiser!

Photo by Keith Ladzinski to be auctioned off on Tuesday night.
A number of world-class professional climbers will be teaching clinics at the Beats for Books event this Tuesday, October 7th. Among them are Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou, Lynn Hill, and Madaleine Sorkin. Thanks ladies for donating your time to Girls Education International. For more information read full article.

Clinics are open to people of all abilities, from beginners to advanced climbers. Kids from 4 up and families are welcome. Sign up for the clinic of your choice when you arrive and purchase your ticket.

Planet Bluegrass
has donated two tickets to the silent auction. These are the folks who put on the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Thanks! Plus, Stonewear Designs will be providing two complete outfits worth about $160 each. And certified massage therapist and baker Annette Yuan will be providing on-site massages as well as delectable desserts. Amee Hinkley has also donated three massages! Cary Jobe just offered one of her powerful photos up for auction. And Peter Beal donated a gorgeous painting of Lake Haiyaha.
Photo of the oil painting is Lake Haiyaha by Peter Beal, and the photo of hands is by Cary Jobe.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sweet hemp bag for auction

Check out this sweet Green Guru Hemp Bag they donated for the Beats for Books silent auction. Thanks to Davidson Lewis for the donation. Thanks also to his enthusiastic employee Eric Noll for donating so much of his time to help out with Girls Ed!

Heidi wrote a nice blog entry for the American Alpine Club

Click here to see Heidi Wirtz's blog entry.

Check out Heidi's blog entry on the American Alpine Journal's website

Click here to see Heidi Wirtz's blog entry.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Details on auction items

For more details on items to be auctioned (pictured in this and previous posts), please visit the events pages of the Girls Education International website.
Photos #1 and #2 Topher Donahue's photo of a fox and photo of Patagonia.

Photo #3 Renan Ozturks print on canvas of the Ruth Gorge.

Photo #4 Glassworks of Estes Park handblown glass bowl.

Photo #5 Dan Gambino's photo of sunflowers.

Photo #6 Kate Rutherford of Suspended Stone Designs donated earrings and necklaces.

Photo #7 Emilie Lee donated one of a series of her "Dumpster Diaries," published in the Alpinist in the mid-2000s.