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5541 N Saint Louis Ave
Illinois 60625

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Target demographics: empower young West African women

Direct beneficiaries per year: 21 young women and 13 girls

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: You could become empowered and do the same for someone else.

Geographic areas served: Niger, West Africa and Chicago, IL

Programs: leadership, women's health, computer skills, peer mediation, business, and cultural exchange.

Expanding Lives supports the education of West African young women who are the first in their families to continue past primary school. Strong, intelligent girls who are proving themselves against daunting odds are offered short-term, highly structured conferences in the United States. The conferences focus on bringing broader solutions to local problems.

We help young women to develop the voice, the self-confidence, and the problem solving skills necessary for empowerment. Expanding Lives encourages participants to become active role models, leaders, and agents of change in their home communities.

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I've taught a weekly yoga class to the young women from Niger for 2 years and in that time I have been amazed at how a simple gift of time and energy can have profound & far-reaching effects. At I really wasn't sure how much could be accomplished in 5 classes, and I don't speak French so I didn't ... more »
Expanding lives is a very hands on, on the ground sort of organization. This is what is really great about it--the girls become part of the volunteers' lives, and both groups are better for it. My family has gained so much from our interactions with the girls--we have learned about Niger, about ... more »
As a family we were able to see first hand how structured and beneficial the daily programs and classes were to the girls. These girls return to Niger empowered by leadership skills and self empowerment. When they return home they continue their education and the support is still there for them to ... more »
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