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Supporting Girls Gotta Run Foundation:

As well as having the privilege of drinking the most delicious coffee, we are also supporting Girls Gotta Run Foundation every time we purchase a bag… or sack of the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Rocko Mountain. This year the guys at Falcon Speciality have decided to include a donation to ‘girls gotta run foundation’ in the price paid for our Rocko Mountain Reserve. This is a non-profit organisation that empowers girls in Ethiopia through running and education. The UN Population Fund identified that early marriage is the most prevalent factor in cutting short the education of girls across all regions in Ethiopia.

Although the government has outlawed marriage before the age of 18, 24% of girls are still taken out of school and married by the age of just 15. While most girls supported by GGRF do not become professional athletes, some do and the training given allows the girls to stay in school and avoid early marriage and pregnancy. In turn, this can enhance their personal economic opportunities and gives them a safe space to develop their sense of community, leaving them better equipped to face the challenges posed to them during their most vulnerable years.

GGRF provides ‘Athletic Scholarships’ for girls entering secondary school, these include the following:

Full scholarship to attend secondary school including healthcare for the student and her mother, daily meals, uniform, books, writing materials, tutoring, access to school clubs and library, showers and space to wash clothes on a weekend. Completion of the GGRF/CCL Life Skills Curriculum, developed to create safe spaces for girls and provide experiential learning modules on family planning, financial literacy, HIV/AIDS awareness, nutrition, healthy relationships, leadership and creative expression. Running clothes, shoes and healthy snacks for the year. Entrance and transportation to Ethiopian races throughout the year. Oversight of a coach and academic mentor. So far since 2006, 50 girls have been supported by GGRF and are challenging some of the social and cultural norms in Ethiopia by continuing their education at university. We are so pleased to be able to contribute towards this fantastic organisation this year, and if you would like any further information about the GGRF, please visit their website: http://www.girlsgottarun.org/