01.28.17 / Category: Impact - Grant Awards

Proud To Help Refugee Women Thrive!

And will continue to do so…

The Circle of Sisterhood supports entities that remove barriers to education for girls and women, uplifting them from poverty and oppression. Because of the generous support of our donors, we’ve had an impact in twenty-two countries since our founding in 2010.

Circle of Sisterhood is proud to help refugee women become self-sufficient and improve their lives!

The Circle of Sisterhood has provided grants to support programs that provide support and assistance specific to female refugee needs such as: economic independence, healthcare, counseling and housing. The goal is to foster an environment where women and girls can become self-sufficient, empowered, confident and educated.

A grant to Exodus Refugee Immigration allowed the organization to provide educational workshops on leadership training, employment rights, information about healthcare services and how to handle emergencies, as well as domestic violence. Beyond group workshops, CofS also funded individualized support and education. The grant is also helping refugee women connect to childcare and elder care resources to be able to take classes and work while knowing their children and elders are safe.

Another organization Circle of Sisterhood has been able to provide $10,000 in funding to is GirlForward to support Camp GirlForward, a unique and innovative program providing summer education and enrichment to adolescent refugee girls in and entering grades 9-12.

The program consists of an academic, social justice-based curriculum as well as accompanying enrichment activities and field trips designed to increase confidence among participants. Camp GirlForward’s academic curriculum is designed to fill gaps caused by interrupted education, preparing the girls to succeed in high school and pursue higher education.

Since 2007, over 5,000 refugees have been resettled in Chicago. Comprising approximately 15% of this number, adolescent girls are a small but critical group. Living in families splintered by war, with parents/guardians with limited or no education, girls take on overwhelming responsibilities and are more isolated than their male counterparts. They become translators, caregivers, and financial contributors, all while trying to adjust and thrive in a new environment. This unique leadership role creates challenges, but also positions girls as the key to their and their families’ successful future.

Circle of Sisterhood funding provided the Camp GirlFoward opportunity for forty girls.

Again, the Circle of Sisterhood is proud to help refugee women become self-sufficient and improve their lives! Thank you to our donors for making this possible. Our support of programs like these are more important than ever.

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