One of the emphases Farmer to Farmer is education and the Girls of Promise program was developed to provide scholarships for girls to go to school. Through $50 annual sponsorships, these girls receive uniforms, supplies and encouragement to go to school and stay in school.
Today Cathy, Elizabeth, Ruth and I went to the Harrisburg Public School to meet with the girls there who are in Girls of Promise. At the public school, there are 17 girls in the program (14 were present today), and there are 14 additional girls in the program who go to St John’s UMC school and the Lutheran School. We will meet with these girls next week, and on Friday, January 25 we will meet with all of the girls for the first of their monthly gatherings.
Today all of us shared stories together and made a web with yarn to show how we are all connected. We talked about the importance of education and having dreams for the future. We prayed together (yes, in the public school!) and we sang. There was such a beautiful spirit in the room and God was surely present!
Below are a few pictures and a video of the girls singing The Connection Song. Please hold these girls and the Girls of Promise program in your prayers.
Until next time, peace …