Get involved as we combat menstrual inequity this March by collecting period products in schools across Northern Virginia. Click the link below to sign up or donate to a drive near you!
This Summer, we will venture to Quito, Ecuador with the International Volunteer HQ organization to work with community development in urban and rural areas. Feel inspired to want to find out more? Click the link below.
In October of 2020, Sophia Brown hosted a social-distanced 5k walk with over 100 participants to represent the average walk an African child takes to get to school every day (on an empty stomach.) Her walk not only brought awareness to the lack of transportation in rural Africa, but also moved many to want to make a difference.
Our very own Sophia Brown was featured on broadcast stations such as Fox News, WDVM, the FCPS website and other newspapers for her Gold Award project in Tanzania. To watch the videos, click below.
In June of 2021, Sophia and her Girl Scout advisor travelled to a Maasai village outside of Arusha, Tanzania where she built a library donating over 300 books, distributed over 200 bikes in Zanzibar, and rehabilitated a school. This project, Books and Bikes for Africa, is what inspired CTWFG.
In August of 2022, we partnered with Habitat for Humanity and spen the week in Guatemala building smokeless stoves, houses, and laying concrete.
One of Sophia's three goals for her Gold Award was to address the lack of knowledge and exposure of U.S. citizens to other cultures and issues outside of their immediate communities. In order to do this, she spoke at the beginning of her walk to bring awareness to the issue the walk symbolized.
Sophia and her team were able to raise over 1500 dollars in donations at the walk. With a donation of 20 dollars, people could receive a Books and Bikes for Africa reusable mask. The masks were a hit!
Sophia, aside from the construction work, spent a week of her time in Tanzania teaching 75 youth enrolled in a Maasai school basic numbers, songs, and colors in English. She also taught them how to use a library system through a color-coordinated by genre organization method. The kids were elated by their new books and getting to learn English, a skill crucial to the main industry in Tanzania-- tourism.
Our Books and Bikes for Africa team partnered with the local Maasai men to reconstruct the window panels, broken desks, latrines, and door of the school and build bookshelves for the library. We then worked together to paint the door and inside of the school, and coat the windows with the Maasai typical colors. More pictures shown below!
Through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity, we were able to use adobe mud bricks and natural sealant of mud to construct four smokeless stoves for four families and the community. The stoves pose monumental health benefits to the women of the families, who are the primary caregivers and cooks, preventing the lung disease and illness that is common from exposure to the fumes of an open flame.
Unlike how in the United States there are trucks that mix cement, our team of volunteers hand-mixed sand, gravel, and water ourselves to use as mortar for the foundation of a house. We spent eight hours working with the locals mixing, filling up buckets, and dumping the mixture into the slots of stone in the ground. The hard work did not come without reward, as the smiles of the family who will be receiving the home made it all worth it.
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