Our Mission Statement

Girl Power Africa is a non-profit organization based out of Liberia, West Africa. Our mission is to help women and children in the post-Ebola country of Liberia who are in desperate need.

We are helping one woman at a time by giving them a hand up with an empowerment gift of goods to sell, allowing them to leverage the economic and social conditions in Africa through entrepreneurial opportunities. 

We are helping children, who are in single-parent households, being raised by relatives, orphaned, neglected, or abandoned, by sponsoring their education. Annually, we connect about 350 children to sponsor families and link them via our diary blog so the sponsor families can check on their student's status. Many of our sponsors have pledged their support to see their student through to graduation, without the support of their sponsor, these children would simply not have access to an education. What a gift it is to change a child’s life through education. 

Why We Are Helping

Liberia, West Africa has a population of about 4 million people. The official language is Englishthe name Liberia derives from “Liberty” meaning freedom. Liberia’s most recent past president (and Nobel Laureate) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first female head of state in Africa!

A 14-year brutal civil war at the end of the 20th century left the country in shambles. Many children were orphaned, depending on relatives or strangers to take them in. Entire families became homeless, many having to split up to find work.

“Women are beaten, raped, abused by their men and often must prostitute to make ends meet.”

The children have suffered immeasurably from starvation, abandonment, and sickness with no education and no hope.  The war destroyed over 80% of Liberia’s schools. The recent Ebola epidemic further weakened Liberia’s infrastructure and took many lives. Leaving many women alone, homeless and without resources to provide for their children.

According to GirlUp, a non profit founded by the United Nations Foundation, more than 40% of Liberian girls aged 10-14 have never gone to school. Unfortunately, young girls fall victim to the most frequently reported crime in Liberia, rape or prostitution.

There comes a point that you must stand up and offer a hand to another woman in need.  

 

A Letter from Our Founder

Bulleh Bablitch-Norkeh - Founder of Girl Power Africa

 

Hello Friends,

Here is a little about my very beautiful, but complicated story.

I was born in Liberia by a Liberian mother and a Peace Corps volunteer father, Justice William Bablitch from Wisconsin. My father took me to Wisconsin in 1981 where I attended high school in Oregon, WI and then went on to attend Madison College. I met my husband, Dr. Frederick Norkeh, in 1990. Together, we have 3 daughters. I worked as a mortgage banker for 16 years, spending 13 great years with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. 

Back in 2006, the President of Liberia, (the first female president in Africa) called on my husband to come to Liberia to help with the new government that was rebuilding after 14 years of civil war. He came and I stayed back in the states with the kids. After a few years of being apart, I could no longer handle the space between us and in 2009, I sold our house and we moved to Liberia, West Africa!

Getting settled, meeting the women of Liberia and hearing their horrific stories of war-torn tragedies, rape, prostitution, beatings, hunger, homelessness and hopelessness, I realized I had to stand up and help.

I've been helping girls and women who are in the most hopeless of situations.

I decided that the best way was to offer a hand up and not a hand out.  I help to empower these women by giving them goods to sell. The goods are 100 percent free of charge for them with no strings attached. The only requirement is that they must check in with me monthly with their progress. This project has grown and word is out on the effectiveness of this program. Now I have more demand than what my pocket can produce. That's when I started asking my friends and family to please join me, and Girl Power Africa was born. 

This is very grass roots, I am a total amateur at this, but maybe that's why God put me here.  Many times, I've wondered what in the hell am I doing here so far from my grown children who are back in the states and I do miss all the comforts of America, but it's all starting to make sense as I watch these women succeed. Their stories are so powerful and profound.  

I have the advantage of having grown up in America and have some great friends and family there that have helped to make this happen and get the word out. Also, with my Liberian connection and being able to speak their language, the women open up to me easier. It’s the best of both worlds. 

I’m so proud to announce we are now an official non-profit organization, who knew we would be where we are today!

Thank you for joining me on this journey! Girl Power, making the world a little better, One Girl at a time!

 

Love Bulleh (Boo)