03.05.13 / Category: Impact - School Build Projects

Press Release: Circle of Sisterhood Foundation Fundraising Campaign Nearing Completion


Circle of Sisterhood Foundation Looking for Ambassadors to Help Break Ground on School in Senegal

INDIANAPOLIS – (March 4, 2013) – In October 2012, the Circle of Sisterhood, a non-profit grassroots charitable foundation, launched an international fundraising campaign to build a two-classroom school in Senegal. The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation announced today that with the help of college campuses and sorority women worldwide, the Foundation’s initial fundraising goals for this initiative have been successfully met.

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The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation is extending an invitation to eligible campuses—those who have raised at least $1,000 for this initiative within the 2012-2013 academic year–to be included in a drawing for a chance to send one student from their community on The Trek. All campuses are able to continued to earn their eligibility through donations until the selection process takes place on Monday, April 1, 2013. Additionally, any individual donor who has personally raised $500 will be entered in the drawing. 

Selected campuses will then be able to select a student to accompany the Foundation and buildOn on the trip to West Africa in mid-to-late July 2013.

Individuals chosen from the selected campuses will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses. These ambassadors will break ground on the school and receive a first hand look at what Circle of Sisterhood supports and what this school means for the children living in the rural Senegal village.

The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation worked within a community of millions of sorority women to raise these funds and drive awareness that will provide children in Senegal access to a quality education. The group’s mission–supporting entities that work to remove educational barriers for girls and women around the world–is a result of widespread research that shows educating girls is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty and oppression.

“We are immensely honored and proud of the support we’ve received to be able to move into the next phase of this project,” said Ginny Carroll, founder, Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. “Campuses, chapters, alumnae and students have continued to support our mission to remove barriers to education for girls around the world and their efforts are crucial to the success of this school build and the impact we will be able to make for this village in Senegal.”

buildOn, the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation’s partner in this project, will facilitate the building of the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation funded school in Senegal’s western Fatick region through their Global School Construction Program. Through a school building methodology that focuses on gender equality, buildOn will ensure that at least 50 percent of the students enrolled will be girls. For more information, visit our website.


About Circle of Sisterhood Foundation

The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation will leverage the collective wisdom and influence of sorority women to support entities around the world that remove educational barriers for girls and women, uplifting them from poverty and oppression. The Circle of Sisterhood was recognized as a U.S. charity in September of 2010 and since then has had an impact in twelve countries spanning four continents. For more information, visit www.circleofsisterhood.org, ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @CofS_Foundation on Twitter.

About buildOn

At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. In the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Internationally, buildOn is breaking ground on a new school every five days in Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, Senegal, Malawi, and Mali.  Our students have contributed over 1 million hours of service in the U.S., and have helped build more than 500 schools around the world. For more information, visit buildon.org.