A year ago, Sage asked how she could help women and girls around the world. Specifically, she wanted to "stop women and girls from being treated badly" (we've had many discussions about the lack of equal rights for women-- and in some cases, human rights for women -- in many parts of the globe). I told her we could look into raising money for a charity. She and I then went online and researched a variety of foundations and organizations (I read the sites' content aloud to Sage and explained what all the terms and phrases meant); it didn't take Sage long to favor the Global Fund for Women.
In the words of their mission statement, "The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world. We mobilize and redistribute resources that enable women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. We bring grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women’s action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide."
Take some time and check out their site. In the meantime, we'll solidify our quiet (for now) plans to raise money for this extremely important cause; I'll make an announcement about our related future fundraising endeavors when the girls are ready for me to do so.