To earn a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award, Girl Scouts must create a project that displays leadership and engages the community. Three girls from Troop 13179 (Eva, Caroline and Amani) set out to earn their Bronze Award by first studying three different countries to determine which one had a significant need surrounding children. They researched Lebanon, Somalia and India since the girls have a connection to these countries.
They chose to focus on Lebanon, because Eva and her father, who is Lebanese, would be traveling there during the summer. They found out about SOS Children’s Villages and researched the orphanages in Lebanon. During her trip, Eva visited a local orphanage and met with Mr. Jean-Paul Salameh, the Executive Director of the SOS Village. She visited the children and learned that shoes are donation items that can always be put to use.
Upon returning from Lebanon, Eva taught Caroline and Amani what she learned during her visit. During National Night Out this summer, the three girls compiled what they knew from research and Eva’s visit to create informational donation booths in their neighborhood. Community members learned about orphanages in Lebanon and donated shoes for the children.
Once all the shipping arrangements were made, the girls sent the shoes and a letter with pictures of themselves to the children in Lebanon. They were proud to complete their project and help other kids in need across the world.