Founded in 2006, the Girls Gotta Run Foundation raises funds to provide support to impoverished Ethiopian girls who are training to become professional runners.
In Ethiopia, running is more than just a sport for girls and women. Not only does it give them personal independence and economic self-sufficiency, but it also empowers them to stay in school, and avoid early marriage and childbirth. Through running, these girls and women have the opportunity to invest in themselves and their own personal goals. The GGRF provides them with funds for the purchase of running shoes, training gear, food and other training-related expenses, such as transportation to and from training areas and competitions. By doing so, it gives them hope and an opportunity at a different life – thing that would otherwise be difficult to attain.
Since 2006, the GGRF has supported almost 90 female athletes, funded the establishment of seven running teams and developed a community of partners working to support female runners in Ethiopia.
If you’d like to help out or get involved, check out their website.
Photo/Resources courtesy of Girls Gotta Run Foundation.