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African Girls Educated Because of ACTIVERAIN!

African Girls Educated Because of ACTIVERAIN!


Each November, my family and I are honored to take part of Mothers Fighting For Others (MFFO) GIFT OF EDUCATION Fundraiser in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  There is a small group of feisty, strong, beautiful women who are on the Gift of education committee who are dedicated to not only sponsoring a single child but raising funds to help more children.

I learned of MFFO and the girls of St. Monica's Orphanage, through my connection with Audrey June Forshey who I first met when I joined ActiveRain in 2007.   Audrey was connected through Jeff Turner, also cross-country friends who met through ActiveRain.  Jeff's wife Rocky is the founder of MFFO. 

Sydney and I attended our first Gift of Education event several years ago and I knew I wanted to get involved.  We decided to sponsor one of the girls and Lydiah quickly became a special part of our family.  We love to send letters, pictures and small gifts and to receive her beautiful letters and photos in response.  One day, I will travel to Kenya and wrap my arms around that amazing young girl who is destined to do great things!

If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, sponsorship or how to donate, please go  to:                      

You don't have to be a mother, you just have to want to help change the world!

I wanted to share some of the amazing statistics I have learned about the importance of education. 

An educated girl can empower herself, lift her family, help her community, change her country.

A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult. The World Bank, 2011.

65 million girls are out of school globally. 
EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012. 

An educated mother is more than twice as likely to send her children to school. UNICEF, 2010.

If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, its GDP would rise by $5.5 billion.  CIA World Factbook,Global Campaign for Education, and RESULTS Education Fund.

14 million girls under 18 will be married this year. That’s 38 thousand today – or 13 girls in the last 30 seconds. 
UNFPA, 2012

Girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children.  International Center for Research on Women, 2006.

Education empowers women to overcome discrimination. Girls and young women who are educated have greater awareness of their rights, and greater confidence and freedom to make decisions that affect their lives, improve their health, and boost their work prospects.

Education First: An Initiative of the United Nations Secretary General, 2012.

Child deaths would be cut in half if all women had a secondary education, saving 3 million lives. And all maternal deaths would be reduced by two-thirds if each mother completed primary education.  EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

Two-thirds of the 792 million illiterate adults in the world are female.  EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012

A literate mother has a 50% higher chance that her child will survive past the age of 5. UNESCO, 2011.

By attaining a secondary education, a Pakistani woman can earn 70 percent what men earn, as opposed to only 51 percent with a primary education. EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

Sobering, isn't it?  Get involved.

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African Girls Educated Because of ACTIVERAIN!


Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


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Comment balloon 2 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • November 17 2014 11:01AM


Bridget - This is great, and I am glad you are participating in such a wonderful program. My wife has worked at Intel, and she has been involved in the Intel Education program. She was fortunate enough to travel to Kenya for 2 weeks, and work with young women to provide them computers and help educate them. She also has done some things for Girl Rising, which was a movie sponsored by Intel that speaks of how educating a girl can impact the economy, among other things. In addition, she does a fundraiser for the Intel Education program that goes to the girls schools in Kenya.

Intel not only has this program with Kenya, but they work with a lot of developing countries and send teams of employees throughout the year to do the same thing all over the world. My wife has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this program, and said that her trip to Kenya was life-changing.

Keep up the good work, and hopefully you will get to Kenya soon.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate over 5 years ago

Troy,  Thank you so much for your wonderful message!  Many of the statistics came from the Girl Rising movie!   Please let your wife know that we appreciate all that she and the rest of the Intel team are doing to change the world by sharing the stories!  It would be great if we could get that team involved with our girls somehow!  There are now over 50 children at St. Monica's.  

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) about 5 years ago