It’s February in beautiful Maine. We have lots of snow but we also have a Patriots Super Bowl victory. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Instead of chocolates or flowers , I’m going to make a $25.00 donation to one of the organizations below, and help empower women. As with Project Tzedakah January, you vote and I make the $25.00 donation to the winning organization. This month’s selections are: Women LEAD, Women Who Code, and Black Girls Code.
Women LEAD works with women in Nepal to help them develop leadership skills. In their own words,
“We came to Nepal in the summer of 2010 and ran a two-week leadership development course for 28 girls. It was successful because the program had a far bigger impact on our girls than we had expected—they were so enthusiastic about Women LEAD that they wanted to invite their sisters and friends to join. By the end of the program, we knew we did not want to leave this as a one-time project. We realized that we had an effective and unique model, one that has become much bigger than we ever imagined.”
They are a great organization. I’ve had the pleasure donating to them in the past.
Women Who Code
Women Who Code’s goal is to connect 1 million women in tech careers. I’ve worked in the tech field for most of my professional career and there is no reason why women should not have a career in technology, science, engineering, or math if that is where their interests lead them.
“Women Who Code is a non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We provide an avenue into tech, empower women with skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments where networking and mentorship are valued. The organization has executed more than 1,200 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 20,000, and has a presence in 15 countries.”
Black Girls Code
Encouraging and teaching children to code is important. It teaches them to solve problems logically, learn skills valuable for college and employment, and develop pride and self worth.
Black Girls Code, in their own words,
“Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. By promoting classes and programs we hope to grow the number of women of color working in technology and give underprivileged girls a chance to become the masters of their technological worlds.”