Investing in the Lives of Girls

In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low saw a need. She realized that young girls all over the world were suffering from lack of opportunity. Young girls lacked confidence. In this time, women didn’t even have the right to vote. She realized there was a need to prepare girls for the world by giving them courage, confidence, and character. This almost deaf 51-year old saw a need, and she decided she would try to do something. She wanted to make a difference. This is how the Girl Scouts began.

Girl Scouts go camping, hiking, etc. and you can get a badge for just about anything. (I got one once for “learning how to sew”). But most importantly, they are helpers wherever they go and seek to improve whatever corner of the world they are in. Today, there are around 2.6 million Girl Scouts across the globe in over 90 countries. They have almost 60 million alumnae, and have a dedicated mission to make the world better for the next generation of girls.

So why am I telling you about the Girl Scouts? Because I was one when I was a kid. One of my greatest mentors was my GS leader. There isn’t a program quite like the Girl Scouts in any of the communities that we serve. In fact, there isn’t a group that works with young girls at all. So, staying true to our mission—we want to make a difference in these girls’ lives and give them purpose.

CCP04816Since school is out for the summer, the kids have a lot of free time. And our two amazing pre-school teachers are taking this opportunity to pour into young girls. Elizabeth re-started our girls’ program in Canta la Rana a few weeks ago. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Elizabeth opens the school to the young girls in our community to make bracelets, sew, and ultimately build relationships. Ester is doing an amazing job with her girls’ program in Muñoz. She has a group of about 12-15 girls that meet twice a week. Ester teaches them Christian songs and they sing together. She is teaching them to make bracelets, hair bows, and reading the Bible to them. She’s created a community that can love and trust one another and lift each other up.

Not only do these programs give the girls in our community something to do besides roam the streets, it is teaching them life skills that they can use forever. More importantly, Elizabeth and Ester are investing in the lives of the girls they are meeting with. They are mentors, leaders, teachers, and friends. In order to make the next generation better, we have to start with this one.

What are some things you can do in your corner of the world to help? What hurdles, like almost being deaf, are you having to overcome to make a difference. Girl Scouts all over the world in 92 countries make a difference daily because one woman cared enough to invest in the girls of the future. I have a good friend Brad that always tells people to “be the person that you needed when you were a kid.” I’m excited to be working in a community of people that are doing just that.

– Bonnie Smith, Community Coordinator

You can support the Girls Program by becoming a Sponsor. Click HERE and select Protect a Girl to learn more.

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