Sunday, 1 April 2012
Girl Child Network is now officially a registered Non Profit in the United States of America –Alec Egili
The role of men and boys to support empowerment of girls in Africa is often underreported on. In 2009 when CNN Heroes award team announced Betty Makoni as one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes, one young boy aged 15 by then made an effort to go meet Betty Makoni during the awards dinner and render his support. He was also determined to bring her to speak to the rest of his boys` school club. He scored a first as Betty Makoni spoke to the school in Los Angeles. But he did not stop with the speaking event and later had a dream to register Girl Child Network as a non-profit in USA so that all supporters can donate to the charity as well as inspire young women and men who want to volunteer and help. This took a lot of hard work and effort and today the good news come from Alec Egili that GCN is now officially registered as a non-profit in USA.
In a message addressed to Chief Executive of Girl Child Network Worldwide, Alec Egili wrote, `I am happy to tell you of the news from our lawyers that the Girl Child Network is now officially a registered non-profit in the united states. However, a 501 c tax exempt status is still pending and will take a few more months.`
Given the huge support base of Girl Child Network work in USA, registering the charity as a non-profit was long overdue. USA receives many girls’ requests for funding and a full time volunteer assesses them. All project proposals to major donors are written by volunteers in USA. Many individual donors who support Girl Child Network are based in USA. Quite a number of girls assisted to USA Universities and Colleges are based in USA. Recently, GCNW appointed two Ambassadors to build support in two US states with more Ambassadors being assessed. It was therefore long overdue for Girl Child Network Worldwide to be officially registered as a non-profit and all pull everyone together for support of girls’ empowerment and education in Africa.
A conference to officially launch the Non Profit in USA is planned for June 2012 when Betty Makoni receives the prestigious Afrikan Goddess award in Washington DC. The board of Directors, strategic plan, volunteers and all donors will be officially announced.
Meanwhile Girl Child Network Worldwide seizes an opportunity to thank Alec and his boys club for a job well done and encourages them to keep the support till GCN becomes a success story in USA.
All pictures here were taken in March 2010 when students at Alec`s school organised a Human Rights day. The students are the ones who planned for the day and chose organisations to feature and Girl Child Network Zimbabwe was one of them. They also fund raised for the charity.