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What we care about… education to fight oppression

As an office of educated women, we understand the importance and value of education in our lives. But we hadn’t fully realized the urgency or method needed to spread this privilege until our president, Michele King, was contacted by Ginny Carroll with a proposition. Since 2010, Ginny has been creating, fundraising, (manual) laboring, promoting and developing the organization, Circle of Sisterhood. The organization is “comprised of women, who have in common a college education” whose mission is to “leverage the collective influence of sorority women to raise financial resources for entities around the world that are removing educations barriers for girls and women facing poverty and oppression.”

Inspired by the 2009 book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women, Ginny and volunteers—including the Shelle Design team—set out to do something about the lack of educational opportunity provided to young girls in other countries, by building a school, with a ten-year-plus timeline in mind. As of June 2014, they have already finished building School #1 in Senegal, have sent a team to Nicaragua to begin work on School #2 and School #3 is in development! Truly inspiring.

A year ago, by way of the CoS Foundation, they were also able to start providing grants to similar organizations in need during their spring grant cycle. This year, they reviewed 15 applications for requests and were able to award $34,650 in grants to seven (domestic and international) causes, including Anchal Project, GirlForward, Girls For A Change, Heshima Kenya, Lift Up Africa, Many Hopes and Transitions Global. They are featuring each individual group throughout the year on their blog here, so check back to learn more about these worthwhile causes!

As stated on the CoS site, “One person can make a small difference. But as a community of 5 million sorority women, our collective efforts will be transforming for generations to come.”

Learn more about the organization and the inspirational work they’re doing at www.circleofsisterhood.org.