Help us meet our goal of raising $50,000

Monday, September 28, 2009

More on 2 Wheels 4 Girls

We will try to post on a regular basis about Eleanor's trip, but you can also read words directly from the horses mouth at her website:! Go Eleanor!

2 Wheels 4 Girls

September note from Eleanor regarding the prep for her fund/awareness raising trip though China ... to be followed by additional updates.

After my late night email to you both, I tried to go to sleep but my mind
was swirling with ideas for a website. Right now - I am re-doing my photo
one but I hope to be finished by the end of September.

I was thinking of building a pretty basic site that would incorporate the
blog so people in China can see it.


I'll buy the domain and throw it on my server this month...get those promo
cards made with the website address - along with website. The
main page can have direct links to the blogs and in the
meantime. I was looking more into and what's nice is that
people can have their names listed for donation - I think people find that
appealing. Maybe we can look more into that, and give people the option to
donate through that or contact you all for the "tax deduction".

As for sections, I was thinking of breaking it up as so:

-Girls Ed (you all can send me an html page or just text/pics
-Financial Goal, link to the Firstgiving page
-Sponsors & Gear Review
-Thanks. A page for those fellows/websites/books that have helped with my
planning thus far and list of donors of $100+
-Pics / Video (to be after trip)
-Contact page

I'm multifaceted and can usually put a basic HTML site together in a

Would either of you happen to have a "Sponsorship Form" or a place where I
can download one?

Also, do we have a financial goal? What's an amount that could finish the
work on a current project for you all and get you started onto another?

The SLC Pray the Devil showing, Tuesday Sept. 22

The SLC Pray the Devil screening was a big success with 85 people showing up and more than $500 raised! Kudos to our new board member, Rai Farrelly, for organizing the event, and also a big thanks to board member Amanda Padoan and former board member Jennifer Graham for donating the film and coming up with the idea for the screening.

Here are some excerpts from a note from Rai with details about the event:

"Props to the venue - Brewvies gave us $50 off the rental as their contribution to the cause!! I sold all 10 DVDs that Caitlin sent me to sell at the event."

"I had a form at the front where my friends were helping sell tickets to see what worked in terms of getting the word out. The majority said they heard it through me or 'a friend'. Several found out on Brewvies website, several on Facebook, two on SL Film Center's site, three from U of Utah mailings and one from another blast from a nonprofit I work with here.... So clearly - word of mouth was best and biggest!"

"Everyone was so touched, moved, inspired by the documentary and several wanted more info about GEI."

Comments from guests who came to the SLC screening:
Thanks for orchestrating the showing of the movie tonight. I am the lady from Zimbabwe and my life's work is to support women in Africa. I did not have my card with me tonight but you can read all about me on my website at Good luck and thank you for the work you are doing for the people of Africa.
Sabina Zunguze.

I had the opportunity to watch the movie today and bought a couple of the DVDs but i did not have time to thank you in person. So, thank you for organizing this, it is a remarkable story that is worth telling. And, the effort that your non-profit is doing is worth supporting.

I could not find the group on Facebook, it would be good idea to have one so we can stay informed of events like this.

Good luck
Rai - Thanks again for the wonderful night at Brewvies. I'm not sure that we weren't being stacktavists still, seeing as we were sitting on our behinds watching a movie. But, I hear you! Thanks to those people who make activism easy! -Alicia
Hey girl,
Great event tonight. Props to your efforts and its success. Would love to chat with you more about how you are involved. Time for coffee or a glass of wine sometime?

That was amazing..really got me thinking, reflecting, crying, laughing, and appreciating, and hopefully much more after some additional reflection. Thanks so much for hosting this event; it definately reminded me of the importance a single person can make :).


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pray the Devil Back to Hell screening at CU

Girls Education International sponsored a wonderful, intimate showing of Pray the Devil Back to Hell last night at the CU Boulder Old Main Chapel theater. The film was incredible. I highly recommend it. It is uplifting and powerful.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Boulder, Coloardo, screening of Pray the Devil 7:30. Doors open at 6:30

The Boulder, Colorado, screening is now 7:30. Doors open at 6:30. The show is FREE to the public.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

What's new?

We have a full board of directors now (though we are always looking for more people who are passionate about girls' education). Our latest members are Rai Farelly, a gal out of SLC who is getting a PhD in linguistics and who already runs a nonprofit educating children in Tanzania. Roshan Roghani, owner of Boulder Balm and a student at CU, Boulder, is our other very enthusiastic board member. Welcome to our new board members! I will be posting more information on these ladies on the website later this month.

In other news, we just received a $1000 donation from the new clothing company, 4Knuckles LLC. Thanks to the owner, Scott Strode! Scott also runs the nonprofit, Phoenix Multisports, which helps alcoholics beat their disease by providing them with opportunities to explore the outdoors. Go Scott!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Pray the Devil Back to Hell--Interview with producer, Abigail Disney

Don't forget about the showing of Pray the Devil, to be held at the Old Main Chapel on the University of Colorado campus, September 21st. Doors open at 5, and the show will start at 7:30.
:) Lizzy

Read the interview below, or listen to Abigail Disney talk about the film at the Radio Without Borders website.

WWTW Interview: ‘Pray the Devil Back to Hell’ producer Abigail Disney
MAY 16, 2009

The women at the heart of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” craved peace in their native Liberia after too many years of bloodshed.

So they bonded together, setting aside religious differences, to make the country’s raging civil war history.

Their peace effort plays out in “Devil,” a new documentary produced by Abigail Disney and slated for a fall DVD release. It will also be shown during the September Global Peace Tour.

Disney, founder of the nonprofit Daphne Foundation and, yes, the grand-niece of Walt Disney and daughter of Roy E. Disney, checked in with WWTW to share her transformation from social change advocate to film producer and the power of a potent last name.

WWTW: How did you get involved in the project, and was it difficult to find backing for such a remarkable story?

AD: I found the project totally by accident on a trip to Liberia to explore how I could be helpful through my foundation. I just heard some women refer to it here and there and started trying to put together all the pieces I was hearing. Little by little I figured out that something incredible had happened and it was unknown outside of Liberia and that just struck me as so deeply wrong.

WWTW: One of the women in “Pray the Devil …” relates the reasons for the ongoing bloodshed (power, money, greed, ethnic tension …). The film doesn’t delve much deeper into the root causes … or the politics. Can you explain why the film took that approach?

AD: Our feeling was that this film was for the women and should be entirely from their perspective. And to them, those causes were so petty and uninteresting compared with the agony they were suffering. At the end of the day they really believed that it was only a power grab and all the other reasons were covers for that anyway. To go into any detail was to dignify the warlords entirely more than they deserved to be dignified.

To read the complete interview, please visit the What Would Toto Watch Website.