Run for Africa

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Sunday, September 23, 2018 9am - 12pm
Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Run for Africa (RFA) is an annual event of the Girls University of Todee (GUT) project.  The GUT is an emerging K-16 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education environment for underprivileged girls and young women of Liberia.  A tiny West African nation of about four millions founded by freed African Americans in the 1800, Liberia is emerging from a 14-year brutal civil war (1989-2003), a deadly Ebola Virus Outbreak (2014-2015), and a history of sexual abuse and marginalization of underaged girls and young women.  As Josephine Gekpelee, a Liberia radio reporter put it, "Liberian women and girls need education to escape the vicious cycle of poverty.  These children are between the ages of 7-13.  Many have no place to live.  They are out of school and don’t have parental care…There is only one way out of this poverty – education.”  The GUT project aimed at providing a protective, culture of grace environment for Liberian girls and young women, giving them the space to be girls, lift their spirits to thrive without fear of harassment, prepare them for high-demand careers, and build the leadership skills they need to become self-reliant and productive citizens.  Cost: $35.