Community Development

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. – Maya Angelou

 

Global Sorority

Global Sorority’s mission is to create awareness around gender equality, provide young women with sustainable leadership education and to facilitate a global sisterhood that mobilizes change, inspires action and promotes economic opportunity.

Global Sorority is a glocal movement starting right here, at home, in Canada. We want to transform the negative way sororities are seen in the world by connecting young women regardless of socioeconomic or educational background and creating a glocal shift in leadership development and sisterhood.

Our aim is to provide the Elements of SUCCESS leadership training to girls in 12 countries in the next two years in addition to resources to sustain education with each girl receiving a Pads4Girls Kit.   All the while  our team will be filming the process to collect data and some research and then connecting girls internationally with girls and young women in Canada through a virtual sorority platform.

Global Sorority We have completed the first of our series: Uganda, Italy, and Ireland. We are proud to announce that Global Sorority: The Introduction premiered at the Projecting Change Film Festival in Vancouver, BC on April 28, 2013.

Our Glocal partnerships:

**UPCOMING***  Lebanon

This year has been a busy here for us with a lot of exciting partnerships! We are about to embark on another unbelievable journey with 4 new partnerships. Sarah Jamieson of RUN4CAUSE has raised over $1.6M for charities since starting her 10 year passion project. This is her final year and she’s chosen our Global Sorority initiative! We then reached out the Beirut Marathon for peace, two schools and a refugee camp located in Lebanon.

 

Here’s a note from our Executive Director, Loretta Cella

 

 

 

Here’s a note from Sarah herself:

 

RUN4ACAUSE Head to Beirut for the Marathon of Peace My FINALE event giving “SOLE” to young leaders

50,000 miles ran. 277 causes. 55 Pairs of Running Shoes. 1.6 Million dollars raised.

 

As you may know my 35th year marks a 10 year goal I started in my mid twenties. A passion project called RUN4ACAUSE. Over the last 10 years I have committed myself to joining my running races and advocacy with like minded organizations who strive to make our community and the world a better place. And on November 9th, I will run my FINALE event of this 10 year dedication!!! And I need your help to blow this out of the proverbial water!!!

This last event takes me all the way to Beirut, Lebanon as I run the 26.2 “Marathon of Peace.” Not only will I be running the marathon, but I have created an unbelievable partnership with a local non profit here in Vancouver called Passion Foundation, whose Global Sorority initiative aims to provide skills development and leadership to young leaders. A unique charity created to greatly improve the lives of girls ages 11- 24 years of age to help them realize their full potential.

 

The Next 58 Days:

We will be implementing a leadership program here in Vancouver for 20 young girls. We then depart on October 25th for Beirut and in Lebanon implement the same program to 10 young girls from the American Community School of Beirut and 10 under-served girls from a neighboring refugee camp. These girls will be engaged in cultural exchange and will also co-facilitate a passion project in their own community at the end of the leadership program. My role is provide a little inspiration for the HERO community Module!!!I need your support to help enroll all 40 girls! RUN4ACAUSE was started with the idea that no matter how small your “feat” is you can do amazing things in the world – and you have a chance to part of this great experience.

 

How Can You Get Involved?

1. Come on out to one of our fundraising events:

 RAISE-A-RUNNER Friday September 19th, 2014 from 530pm – 10pm at the new Steel Toad BrewPub and Dining in Olympic Village. Tickets here.

2. Consider Donating to our amazing cause. Our Canada Helps Page Here. 3. Sponsor a Girls Tuition $400.00 and change a girl’s life.

4. Please spread our message to your friends, co workers and family! Watch Loretta Cella, Founder of Passion Foundation help tell our story: Video Here

5. Join our virtual event and walk, step, run or move with us on November 9th. Link to our virtual event coming soon @ www.fitcause.com

This final campaign will be LIVE until November 10th, 2014!

Thank you advance for your generosity and dedication over the years. It has been my life’s greatest accomplishment and I look forward to the next chapter of RUN4ACAUSE and my social crusading.

Yours in Do’Gooding:

Sarah Jamieson

RUN4ACAUSE

South Africa

In April 2014 we really brought our local to global sisterhood into action. Passion Foundation partnered with Girls4Girls Charity out of Vancouver, BC. With their Board of Directors, local Delta Gamma sorority women out of UBC, we created a partnership with Helderberg Rape Crisis Center. See what the Founder of Girls4Girls says about the journey of learning the Elements of SUCCESS and our experience here

Mexico

In January 2014 we embarked on a new partnership with Nueva Vida in Yucatan, Mexico! The results were amazing. Have a look here 

Kampala

Our Phenomenal sister in Kampala are doing amazing things! Fasie and Xubie are two extremely talented sisters and young female artists. Fasie is a hip hop emcee with a positive message of hope and Xubie is a visual artist with a message of empowering young women. After starting a small Passion Project with them in 2010 they have now gone on to starting their own movement we are supporting called Youth Phenominal Women. For more information check out their Facebook page

Nairobi

In 2008 Loretta Cella, Executive Program Director of the Passion Foundation was able to create some leadership programming for young women while on vacation in Kenya.

As a result of this work for Africa Youth Trust, Brenda Isabel, our phenomenal Kenyan sista, was able to empower over 500 young women in two years time as a Passion Youth Coach and start her own movement in Kenya.

Brenda is now working hard to make a difference within her community with local support; empowering young women to stay in school by providing them with a safe space to be themselves and learn new skills.

Kampala. Gulu 2010

In February 2010 Loretta Cella and Maughan Mariani, Executive Director of the Bavbuka Foundation teamed up and trained over 100 young women in 15 days using the same tools developed for the Passion Project. The girls and women learned leadership tools for self growth as well as to give back into their communities.

Mlolongo

We teamed up with Anena of WEDA in 2010 to train a group of over 50 female students in Mlonogo, Kenya on Passion Project materials. We even brought Brenda from Nairobi to the workshops so they would have another amazing local role model to keep them inspired!

 

The Women’s Empowerment Development Agency works with high-risk teenage girls in Mlolongo, Kenya, a prostitution hotspot. With a soccer team, life coaching workshops, and other after-school activities, we provide the girls a support structure built around school attendance, because if they don’t finish high school they’ll have little choice but to become prostitutes—and we want these girls to have a choice. WEDA works in close partnership with the school staff to help imbue the girls with a sense of their own potential and worth. We are passionate about teaching girls they are the agents of their own bodies and futures! -Anena Hansen

 

Our goal is to start establishing a global community of young empowered women who are living their full potential connecting to others to create change.  Girls support girls to make change in the world together.

 

“It was really uplifting. Lots of girls think this stuff isn’t important, but it really is.” – E.C. (Vancouver)

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