Allison Jaffe is a 15 year old high school sophomore living in the Washington DC area. Agnes Yombwe is a well known artist and GSGC partner living in Livingstone, Zambia. Besides being an artist, Agnes also creates handmade beaded bracelets to supplement her income. Allison had seen these bracelets on the wrists of GSGC members and thought this beautiful jewelry could be the basis for raising special funds for Education and Empowerment Programs.
With the enthusiasm for all the possibilities, lots of communication between Africa and the U.S., and the generosity of travelers who were willing to carry the large order of bracelets back to the States, the fundraiser was created. Allison hosted a Bracelet Party where friends and classmates could try on all the different colors and designs before making their purchases. It was a great way to have fun while learning about and helping their peers in Africa. Allison raised $500 for GSGC’s Education and Empowerment Programs and, at the same time, helped Agnes continue with her work.
Allison told us: “I heard about Global Sojourns Giving Circle and thought that it would be a great way to make a difference. I really liked the fact that the Giving Circle empowers and supports girls in Africa and how, since this organization is so small, there’s not a lot of bureaucracy. The money really makes a big impact. I also thought it was important that girls support girls their age. I really wanted to make a difference.”
Girls and Women’s issues are coming to the forefront all around the world. It is a pleasure to see young women like Allison wanting and willing to play a role in making change possible. Thank you Allison.