There are many ways that you can support our work. Here are just a few ways your donation can help us provide Sri Lankan girls with much-needed support and education:
|$10||provides two girls with our “Beads-to-Business” workbook, which guides them through the process of planning their own businesses, ultimately unrelated to jewelry.|
|$20||provides the girls with two inspirational outside life skills speakers to teach them about money management, maintaining healthy relationships, job searching, or other critical skills.|
|$60||supports a former participant in serving as a Peer Educator for 8 workshops, where she can provide additional support to our current participants and relay her own personal journey of transitioning from the home.|
|$500||pays for a month’s supply of beading materials for a home of 20 girls, helping to generate $1900 in savings.|
|$1000||sponsors our annual reunion, enabling former participants to stay connected with one another and the Emerge team, understand the resources that Emerge can offer as they grow in their adult lives, provide insight and feedback on how our work can be improved, and develop new skills.|
The Emerge Sponsorship Program provides sponsors the opportunity to cover a girl’s participation in the Beads-to-Business and Life Skills programs for a calendar year. In return, the sponsor will receive quarterly updates pertaining to the sponsored participant. If the sponsored girl leaves Emerge before the end of the year, sponsors will be matched with a new girl for the remainder of the year.* To protect each participant’s confidentiality, especially given the fact that many are testifying in highly sensitive court cases, we cannot provide names or photos of sponsored girls.
How to Sponsor a Girl:
1) Provide a tax-deductive donation of $300. You have 2 options of making this contribution:
(a) Donate here via JustGive.org:
Make sure to dedicate this to “Sponsorship Program.”
(b) Mail us a check payable to “Emerge Global” with “Sponsorship” in the memo:
P.O. Box 390897
Cambridge, MA 02139
2) Complete the Sponsorship Form so that we can send you the corresponding updates.
For questions about our Sponsorship Program, please email our Sponsorship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Why are some girls leaving Emerge?
The girls in shelters Emerge works in are involved in court cases where they are required to testify against their abusers, who are often male family members. The government relocates them from their homes to these shelters to ensure their protection. The allocation and the duration of their stays are determined solely by the government, who tends to shuffle the girls around as a result of capacity and safety issues, as well as the girls’ own needs. Frequently, a girl would suddenly and inexplicably leave one day, only to reappear at another shelter. This impermanence is an inextricable and tragic element in these girls’ lives. Oftentimes, right when a girl has developed emotional relationships with her fellow participants and staff members, she is forced to leave. This unpredictability also makes critical components of Emerge’s job (e.g. maintaining continuity of curriculum, tracking participant progress, and distributing jewelry sales profits) more difficult. We hope you can appreciate this unfortunate reality and understand if we have to switch your sponsored participant. Our hope is to expand to more and more shelters in order to build a broad enough network of support such that girls who are forced to move are welcomed by Emerge faces in their new shelters as well.
Emerge Global is a non-profit organization registered in the State of Massachusetts (EIN: 26-3230131). Contributors should know that Emerge Global, Inc. (“Emerge”) may make grants to other organizations, including foreign organizations, in order to further its charitable mission. As part of the grant-making process, Emerge will require any potential grantee to submit a proposal that specifies the use to which the grant funds will be put, obligates the grantee to use the grant funds only for the purposes for which the grant was made, provides for periodic written reports concerning the use of grant funds, and acknowledges Emerge’s authority to withhold and/or recover grant funds in case such funds are, or appear to be, misused. The board of directors of Emerge shall at all times have the right, in their absolute discretion, to refuse to approve any grant request or to withdraw approval of any grant.