Emerge Global supports Sri Lankan girls, ages 10-18, who have been removed from their homes due to past abuse or the threat of abuse and are courageously testifying in court against their perpetrators. These girls are placed into shelters that typically lack resources and educational opportunities; Emerge partners with these shelters to transform them into entrepreneurship hubs, where girls develop the business and life skills needed for self-sufficiency. Emerge teaches these girls a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes leadership, life skills, and business knowledge, while simultaneously enabling each girl to generate a financial foundation by creating and selling their own unique jewelry. Emerge sells this jewelry in the U.S., Sri Lanka, and online, with 50% of the selling price going back to the girls who created the pieces.
Emerge Global’s ultimate goal is to empower a generation of young women who have survived abuse with the personal, social, and financial capital needed to support themselves and their children and to solve their own community’s most pressing problems.
Founded in 2008 by Alia Whitney-Johnson (a student at MIT at the time), Emerge Global is largely run by a dedicated team of volunteers based in the U.S. and Sri Lanka.
Organization Overview: Learn more about Emerge Global
Girls of Emerge: Meet some of our girls
Our Story: Learn how Emerge began
Leadership: Meet our executive team
Financials: Review our financial documents
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