Help us meet our goal of raising $50,000

Thursday, August 20, 2009

We are looking for a marketing/PR intern

Intern duties
15-20 hour per week
unpaid, college credit available

1. Update the website
2. Manage the donor database for enewsletters (2 this fall) and eblasts (before every event)
3. Writing content for and updating blogs (Girls Ed & Bike for Girls Ed blogs, both Blogger and on Girls Ed website)
4. Update community calendars with information about events
5. Write press releases
6. Initial contacts and follow up phone calls to media outlets regarding press releases distributed for events and other notable news
7. Write press releases
8. Attend some events
9. Attend board meetings and marketing/PR committee meetings
10. Brainstorm marketing ideas

Poor families spend 20% on alcohol and prostitution versus 2% on children (the men, not the women)

From an article by Nicholas Kristoff:

Our interviews and perusal of the data available suggest that the poorest families in the world spend approximately 10 times as much (20 percent of their incomes on average) on a combination of alcohol, prostitution, candy, sugary drinks and lavish feasts as they do on educating their children (2 percent). If poor families spent only as much on educating their children as they do on beer and prostitutes, there would be a breakthrough in the prospects of poor countries. Girls, since they are the ones kept home from school now, would be the biggest beneficiaries. Moreover, one way to reallocate family expenditures in this way is to put more money in the hands of women. A series of studies has found that when women hold assets or gain incomes, family money is more likely to be spent on nutrition, medicine and housing, and consequently children are healthier.

Girls Education International to host film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell

On September 21, in conjunction with the African Student Association, Girls Education International is showing the film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, at the Old Main Chapel, 1202 University Avenue, University of Colorado, Boulder. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. $10 per ticket, with $5 discount for students. All proceeds will benefit the organization’s scholarship program currently supporting 47 under-privileged girls in Liberia.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the story of the thousands of courageous Muslim and Christian Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they took on the warlords and nonviolently forced a resolution during the stalled peace talks. A story of sacrifice, unity, and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

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Biking around China for Girls Education

A woman named Eleanor Moseman contacted me and Heidi earlier this summer asking about whether or not she could raise money and awareness for Girls Ed (our nonprofit) by doing a bike trip around China. We, of course, said YES, go for it! How cool. Check out Eleanor's new Bike For Girls Ed blog.