Saturday
Apr092011

Greenlight Team Runs to Freedom

A mini-"Greenlight" Team participated in the Run to Freedom event on 9 April, with Serve the City and Stop the Traffik, in order to raise money to support education of girls in border camps between Thailand and Burma.  The girls are victims of human trafficking and at risk of a life in slavery if they don't get support and an education which can raise them out of their dangerous circumstances.  The Serve the City event succeeded in raising over 1500 euros for Stop the Traffik's Freedom Ticket for Life initiative!  Follow the links to see how you/your organization can get involved, and congratulations to all the Run for Freedom participants!

Friday
Mar112011

Help Japan with Project "Tsuru": Cranes for Hope

Greenlightforgirls.org and kids from the Sint-JanBerchman's Elementary School in Brussels launched "Project Tsuru: Cranes for Hope" on 6 April, in order to show solidarity with the people of Japan -- and especially Japanese children -- in the wake of the triple disaster which occurred there on 11 March 2011.  By engaging children from all over Belgium to fold origami cranes, our goal with Project Tsuru is to collect donations for the Japan relief efforts, and to make 1000 cranes ("senbazaru") and present them, in a symbolic gesture of hope and peace, to the people of Japan.

We need your help!  Our goal is ambitious, so we need your help!  If you would like to donate to Project Tsuru, or get your own school, daycare, after-school program or community organization (with a focus on kids) involved in this project, please send us an email!

We are also looking for sponsorship to provide materials (origami paper) for the children participating in Project Tsuru.  And we can always use help from volunteers, especially school teachers, leaders of after-school programs, parents, etc., to get more children involved and spread the word.

Proceeds from Project Tsuru are being given to the Rode Kruis-Vlaanderen and Croix-Rouge de Belgique, to be distributed to disaster victims via the Japanese Red Cross Society

Resources!  Quick resources for Project Tsuru, with much gratitude to the owners:

  • Video on making Origami Cranes
  • Instructions (.pdf download) for making Origami Cranes from papercrane.org
  • De Banier shop in Brussels for Origami Paper
Tuesday
Mar082011

100th International Women's Day

To show our solidarity with women in war-torn communities around the globe, and in honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, greenlightforgirls.org organized two "Women on the Bridge" events in Budapest and Bangalore on 8 March 2011.  To find out what happened in Budapest in the context of the "Women in Science, Innovation & Technology in the Digital Age" Conference, and with a huge outpouring of support by our partners at the European Center for Women and Technology, check out the above YouTube video. Visit our Flickr page to see all the fabulous pictures. 

To find out more about the "Women on the Bridge" global initiative, please visit womenforwomen.org!

Wednesday
Feb232011

Visit to World-Famous Robot ASIMO

On 23 February 2011, with the gracious support of Honda Motor Europe, 40 greenlight girls from Sint-JanBerchman's Elementary School in the Marolles in Brussels, made a visit to the world-famous robot, ASIMO at his studio in Zaventem, Belgium.

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