Giving Compass’ Take:
• Global Citizen reports on how a high school student in the San Francisco area named Tsegenet Awoke, and the members of her Rotary Club, are helping girls in Africa receive equal education.
• What can we learn about engaging the next generation in philanthropy? How might this fundraising effort inspire others?
A group of high schoolers across San Francisco’s Bay Area raised $64,000 over the course of a school year to help send girls in Burkina Faso to school.
Milpitas High School student Tsegenet Awoke led the fundraising effort in 2017-2018 as co-president of the Rotary Interact Club in San Francisco Bay Area District 5170. Now a freshman at George Washington University, Awoke told Global Citizen on Thursday that about 90 high schools in the area collaborated to put on charity dinners and benefit shows, and sold merchandise to other students to raise money They also received grants.
Their efforts helped launch Plan International USA (Plan)’s three-year education and gender equality project for girls in Brukina Faso called Promoting Equality and Safety in Schools (PEASS), helping girls in Burkina Faso attend school and fight gender-based violence.
“A lot of people are willing to give, even if it’s little amounts,” Awoke assured. She said her team also partnered with local restaurants who donated a portion of the proceeds of their sales to the project.
But fundraising wasn’t always easy.
“Some challenges were getting people to take us as high schoolers seriously,” she said.
Read the full article about raising money for girls’ education in Burkina Faso by Leah Rodriguez at Global Citizen.
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