Global Girls and Global Guys UNITE (GGU) is a club that empowers girls and boys here in the United States to experience their personal power as change agents in the world.
Our GGU teams work to achieve three main goals:
- Education (learning about life in East Africa)
- Connection (creating personal relationships with peers in Tanzania)
- Fundraising (coming up with unique and impactful ways to mobilize their communities).
100% of funds raised by Global Girls directly supports UNITE’s work to advance community health and education programs with our partner NGOs throughout Tanzania.
Read our Global Girl UNITE Covenants.
The Gifts of Global Girls UNITE
In 2009, GGU raised enough funds to purchase 500 bednets for the villages of Mvuleni and Nganjoni in the Kilimanjaro District. In 2010, they raised $2500 to send 85 girls from the SEGA School in Central Tanzania to see the ocean for the first time ever. In 2012 they have raised $2000 to date to purchase obstetric supplies and educational materials for our new midwifery training program run with Dr. Goodluck Kessy in Moshi. In 2013 they raised more than $6,000 to purchase beds and mattresses for an orphanage (pictured above), to fund beekeeping and chicken projects with Unite’s partner NGOs, to install an athletic field and to provide scholarships to for a young girl in need. They have created “All About Me” books, they have made videos, they’ve sung, they’ve danced, walked, presented — for Americans and Tanzanians alike, and their gifts keep flowing! Hongera sana GGU! (Congratulations!)
Over the years our GGU team has also hosted a number of events and international speakers for our community including:
- Polly Dolan, Founder of The Sega Girls School and Nurturing Minds in Africa.
- Jessica Hendricks, Founder of The Brave Collection, fighting global human trafficking.
- The Reverend Frederick Chingwaba, Acting Bishop of the Diocese of Morogoro, Tanzania.
- Bishop Glorious Shoo, Founder of The New Life Foundation in Tanzania.
- Reverend Josephine Shoo, Founder of Uzima Africa.
- A Walk-A-Thon at the Darien High School.
- An art exhibit and opening at The Darien Nature Center in partnership with Thanda.
- One of the first national screenings of the GIRL RISING film.
“Any one of us, however small and helpless we may feel, can spark unimagined changes. Today’s small act of kindness can become tomorrow’s whirlwind of human progress.”
–Mawi Asgedom, author Of Beetles & Angels
In the summer of 2013 two GGU families accompanied UNITE to Tanzania to see the fruits of their labor first hand. Here, below, some images from their journey.