The Oakwood University SIFE Team is partnering with the La Sierra SIFE Team in an inspiring project that will restore hope and dignity for girls and young women in Kalaala, Ethiopia, a village outside of the capital city, Addis Ababa.
For many poorer young women in Kalaala, and elsewhere, there are few choices if she has not received an education and does not have the tools and skills to provide for herself. She may become a victim of abuse, forced early marriage, a sexually transmitted disease, or a host of other problems.
To help create a more safe, healthy and productive future for these girls, we are helping raise money to build a home for orphaned and vulnerable girls at the Learning Village in Kalaala, Ethiopia, in partnership with the International Medical Aid Association (IMAA). Our goal is to raise $5,000 by May 10, 2008.
This project is a small piece of an ongoing project I am involved in as a future member of the La Sierra University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team. SIFE International is a global student organization that implements projects that create economic opportunity for others. Your participation in this project will help bring hope and choices to dozens of girls and young women each year.
The money raised for the girls' home will be used for:
(1) Teaching girls and young women a skill so they can earn an income;
(2) Educating girls and women on critical health issues; and
(3) Housing girls who would otherwise not have a safe and sustainable place to live.
The La Sierra University SIFE team is completely self-funded and works with partners such as IMAA, sponsors, donors and other students to help make projects like this one become a reality. If you would like to join this cause, we will accept donations of any amount, and plan to recognize larger donations on a more public forum.
If you know of any individuals or organizations who may also wish to contribute to this cause, please feel free to share this message with them. La Sierra University is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible; donation receipts will be mailed from La Sierra University.
Checks/money orders should be made payable to:
La Sierra University SIFE (memo checks for "Ethiopia Girls' Home")4500 Riverwalk ParkwayRiverside, CA 92515
Respectfully yours,Louia McDonald (Oakwood Student)firstname.lastname@example.org
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