Golden Girls Global has somethings to celebrate with you.
After a year of floods, wild fire, volcanic eruption, land-slides, and hurricanes impacting the rigorous struggle the Golden Girls Global leaders were already facing from the Covid pandemic and essential social reckoning, we continue to survive and thrive. Together, we have formed a strong and resilient alliance of diverse community leaders around the world each dedicated to growing healthy humans in community.
Girls living on the streets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo began to grow gardens. Dances sharing the stories of people working together to care for all generations emerged from girls living in Rocinha, the largest densely populated family focused Favela in Brazil. An art center supporting Native children coming of age was born on the Oglala Lakota Sioux Reservation. A hostel was built in Kampala. Girls who were not planning to go to school a year ago are now enrolled in high school, college, and master’s programs. Girls and their mentors made art, shared stories, seeded initiatives. Together, the Golden Girls Global deepened their roots of resilience so that the feminine in all of life could RISE. In fact, Black Girls Rising is now here too, birthed in South Africa through the rugged terrain of these times! This ever expanding bonfire of creativity and love is spreading across the planet warming hearts and breeding hope. To learn more about Golden Girl Global projects, please see below.
Black Girls Rising was founded by Xoli Fuyani in 2020 in South Africa (However, it has been in existence since 2015 under Earth Child Project). Their mission is to Inspire and empower Black Girls from marginalized communities...Learn More!
Camino Canicas was founded by Kanika Batra in 2016 in the indigenous Kaqchikel and Tz’utujil Mayan region of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. This grassroots initiative focuses on providing trauma-informed expressive arts education...Learn More!
Espaço Aberto Art Studio was founded by Yolanda Demétrio in 1998 in Rocinha, the largest favela in Latin America, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Studio was created with the mission of discovering and developing the skills and abilities of children and young people through dance, art, culture, and children's literature...Learn More!
Casa Jaya Udja was created by Jaya Cruz in 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a social business initiative founded on the principles of sustainability, collaborative economy, connection to ancestry and personal and social transformation through the expressive-arts.Learn More!
Nguvu Ya Africa was visioned by Claudine Migisha and was founded in 2019 by a team of 90% women and 10% men in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a creative non-profit organization and enterprise committed to peace and sustainability. Their work specifically focuses on breaking the cycle of trauma and economic crisis facing the marginalized girls and women living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nguvu Ya Africa provides a unique economic empowerment model that combines both psychosocial and creative artistic tools...Learn More!
ParallelU was founded by Juliet Zheng in 2020 in Hangzhou, China. ParallelU is an educational project that supports young people in discovering themselves and their life path during life’s most crucial thresholds...Learn More!
Queer World Making was founded in collaboration with Angus Baguinho and Solace Pesach since Fall of 2020 in San Francisco. Queer World Making’s mission is to facilitate intimate cohorts of gender-blessed, transgender, non-binary and questioning adolescents who gather in exploration of personal and collective flourishing, through nature-connection, art practice, and circle process...Learn More!
Upijata was founded by Yolanda Cordova Swalley, in 2019 on the Oglala Lakota Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, USA. It is dedicated to creating safe, inspiring and empowering spaces for women, girls, and families to express themselves and heal themselves through the arts.Learn More!
Wakeful Nature was founded by Johannah Reimer in 2016 in Boulder, Colorado, USA. The organization offers programs designed to enrich tweens and teens social and emotional lives by providing a safe container for them to connect with their peers and explore who they are and their place in the world.Learn More!