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Girl-focused community groups in Pakistan, Bethlehem, receive infusion of funds

Winners of grants from the With and For Girls Collective included Aware Girls, a nonprofit founded in 2002 by a 16-year-old to teach girls leadership skills to girls in Pakistan. (Facebook/Aware Girls)

“Girl-focused” grassroots organizations from around the world were awarded a million dollars in grants this week by the With and For Girls Collective, which aims to increase funding for women’s development projects. Twenty groups from five continents were chosen as winners of the prizes, which were as much as $50,000 for a single group, of more than 125 nominees. One of the organizers of the Collective, Muna Wehbe, pointed out that currently less than 2 cents of every $1 spent on international aid is directed towards adolescent girls; the group hopes to supplement that sum with its grants.

The winners included groups like Aware Girls, a nonprofit founded in 2002 by a 16-year-old to teach girls leadership skills to girls in Pakistan. The group also helped monitor voting in local elections in which three young women who had been part of the program were running for office, according to The Guardian. Another winner, the Shoruq Organisation, organizes dance troupes and music groups and provides legal and psychological support for young Palestinians in Bethlehem.“When grassroots organisations are supported, they can do wonders,” Aware Girls founder Gulalai Ismail said.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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