We have had to make a difficult decision over the last few months…
GirlSPARKS will have to partially close our doors indefinitely, whilst we explore alternative options to move our organisation forward. We have taken great pride in the work that we have done over the past few years, making changes within communities and bringing the opinions and voices of girls to the forefront. During this time, we worked harder to refine and clarify Girl-Centred Design and pushed it to become an invaluable tool for girls.
Our methodology has evolved beautifully, it has influenced organisations to reevaluate how they can effectively work with girls. We have been able to be impactful in locations where girls are the most vulnerable, from Uganda to Bangladesh, we have taken great pride in the impact we have in the lives of the participants and girls they have helped.
We are deeply thankful for the network and connections that we have built and cultivated over the years, and we would like to thank those that attended and convened our regional trainings. It has been a pleasure training you, and we hope that it has been equality educative for you as it has been for us. As we move forward, we will have to temporarily pause our services, to navigate the next steps.
To be completely transparent, our core London team has been dissolved because our grant money dwindled, over the last couple of months our director Julisa Tambunan worked tirelessly and exhausted herself and her contacts in order to obtain additional funding for our organisation.
Owing to Women Deliver, G7 summit and the data collected from SDG30, we have a greater understanding of the work yet to be done, in terms of achieving gender equality and ensuring that girls are no longer subjected to abusive social norms and that all girls have access to an education. Nonetheless, we have faith that our partners and our internationally based trainers will continue to fight the good fight and continue their work as girl champions.
Though their will no longer be a core team and we are undergoing changes, our course on the Philanthropy University platform will continue to run; as will our social media accounts. We would like to thank everyone who joined us on this journey and those that will continue to support us during the next stages of GirlSPARKS.