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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Members of the Spotlight on Girls, Trenton television crew are looking forward to an exciting cross-cultural exchange with girls of the “Story Scarves” Goodwill Movement in Johannesburg, South Africa. The young women will share scarves they have created which tell each girl’s personal story. Technology has narrowed the distance across oceans; bringing the girls face to face to learn about one another’s culture through video-forum conversations. The two groups of young women
will also work together on a segment of a Spotlight on Girls television show.

The Spotlight-Story Scarves connection is a straightforward yet powerful exchange of shared experiences to foster girls’ understanding of themselves, and how others navigate the world in which they live.

CELEBRATING TRANSFORMATIONAL WORK OF LIBERIAN WOMEN IN DIASPORA

SUPPORTING AND ENCOURAGING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE FOR LIBERIAN GIRLS AT HOME

–FRISIKES FEST –2010 IS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

http://www.friskiesfest.org

The vision, passion,  and follow-through of Liberian girls and women in Diaspora  in the US have clothed, supported, and EDUCATED thousands of Liberian girls and uplifted families in Monrovia and beyond. The Spotlight on Girls Cross-cultural Diaspora Alliance is delighted and privileged to witness and document the work of Liberian women’s voluntary organization networks that fuel Liberian resilience in the aftermath of a protracted civil war.

Liberia, settled by free blacks from the United States has a history that is intricately intertwined with that of the United States. Liberian WOMEN made history when in 2005 they swept Ellen Sirleaf, the current President of Liberia…..the ONLY EVER, female African President….. into office.   Liberia is working to reestablish basic infrastructure services needed to support development. Education, interrupted by the civil war for more than a decade, is key to that rebuilding. Education is the single-pointed focus of the Friskies – SELF.

FRISKIES FEST, held  Saturday August 7, 2010, orchestrated by the St. Theresa’s Convent School (STC) Education and Leadership Fund (SELF) was yet another example of the transformational work of Liberian women in action. SELF members, all STC alumni, living in North Carolina, California, Georgia….. TX PA, NJ, MD etc. etc. converged in Philadelphia for three days of events that strengthened the group’s funding momentum for the “Litmus Project,” which will equip a new science lab for their alma mater in Monrovia.

Spotlight on Girls Television & New Media applauds the exemplary work of the Friskies, SELF  (STC) alumni in the US, and the vision of Liberian women in Diaspora throughout the world who support  their country and its youth.

SEE: http://www.friskiesfest.org

Amazing, frank conversation about local realities on the continent through the eyes you young people. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/08/03/president-obama-young-african-leaders-50-years-now-when-you-look-back