With the help of our travelers, we have reached our fundraising goal for Phase 1 of this project—and now, we look forward to Phase 2
Preserving tribal traditions in an era of globalization is always a delicate balancing act. Some of these traditions, such as the symbolic tents kept in Bedouin backyards, provide a comforting link to a cherished cultural identity … but others are better kept in the past.
Born into a patriarchal society, Bedouin girls have nowhere to turn for the personal or professional fulfillment that modern Israeli women enjoy just beyond Lakia's borders. They are often called upon to take care of their families at a very young age. Education, employment, and financial independence are simply not part of a young woman's development.
With our first fundraising goal reached, our Bedouin Women's Leadership Project is beginning to change this reality.
The $7000 that our travelers have so generously donated so far will fund instructor fees, transportation, books, and classroom rentals for English language lessons at the Association for the Improvement of Women's Status in Lakia, Israel.
"The goal of our project is to empower young women between the ages of 14 and 18 by introducing them to subjects previously not considered feminine in Bedouin culture," says Moshe Ben Simon, Grand Circle's Area Manager in Israel. "By making these women aware of their potential, we'll enable them to make informed, independent decisions about their social status and personal development."
Our next goal of $5795 will fund a women's empowerment course, which will introduce the young women to their rights and the history of women's movements around the world.
Upon completion of this course, a social worker and psychologist will work with the women to prepare booklets detailing what they've learned—and together, they'll distribute these booklets to nearby Bedouin villages to share their newfound knowledge with others.
Further to these lessons, Overseas Adventure Travel will offer the young women a unique opportunity to practice what they've learned during interactions with their travelers to Israel—which will prove to be a rewarding cultural exchange for both Bedouins and Americans alike.
Help us reach our next fundraising goal for the women of Lakia, Israel.
Because we charge no administration fee, 100% of your tax-deductible contribution goes directly to the women of Lakia.
Together, we can give young Bedouin women a chance to enjoy the basic opportunities that so many of us take for granted. Invest in the village of Lakia today.
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