This program supports the ongoing efforts of a girls’ education, rights training, and leadership program, launched in January 2009. The intent is to invest deeply in a small number of girls with significant potential but who are trapped by their families’ poverty. By combining access to schooling with rights training sessions, experiential learning visits, and mentoring, the likelihood increases that these young women will, in time, emerge as leaders, grounded in grassroots realities and having the confidence and capability to become important leaders in a global context, there their voices, ideas, and skills are needed.
Our goal is to develop a new generation of leaders who can live and work successfully in two worlds: their community and the global arena.
The project is a collaboration between Tribal Link Foundation; Brighter Green, a New York-based Think Tank; and 3 indigenous NGOs: the Parakuito Pastoralists Indigenous Community Development Organization (PAICODEO) in Tanzania; and the Simba Maasai Outreach Organization (SIMOO) and the Indigenous Information Network (IIN), both based in Kenya. The 5 organizations have worked together to develop the initiative, with Tribal Link and Brighter Green providing linkages to international networks, communications, support, research, and documentation, and outreach to other NGOs with expertise in the area of girls’ education, human rights, and leadership development.