Let’s make a powerful impact together – Join us and be a part of the change we are creating!Bulleh Bablitch-Norkeh
Bulleh and her late husband Frederick dedicated several years of their lives to living and working in Liberia. During their time there, they witnessed firsthand the dire situations that many women and children faced, with limited opportunities to escape the cycle of poverty. That’s where Girl Power Africa comes in – by providing a helping hand to empower women and sponsoring children’s education, they’re making a real difference in the lives of those facing the toughest circumstances. Join the cause and be a part of changing lives for the better.
Girl Power Africa is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower women and children affected by civil war and the Ebola epidemic. Our organization is dedicated to empowering women and children by providing them with the resources they need to thrive.
We provide women with resources to become self-sufficient entrepreneurs. These products give women the power to raise above the economic and social conditions in Africa through entrepreneurial opportunities. Many women in Liberia are alone, homeless, and vulnerable to abuse and sex work, while their children suffer from starvation and lack of education.
We provide education to over 500 children every year. These children come from single-parent households, are being raised by relatives, orphaned, neglected, or abandoned. Girl Power Africa is working to make a difference, one child at a time, by offering educational tuition fees paid, school supplies, uniforms, deworming medications and anti-malaria medications.
With our help, they receive hope for their future and a chance to fulfill their potential.
Join us in making a difference today!
How Girl Power Started
Girl Power Africa was founded in 2016 by Bulleh Bablitch Norkeh and Dr. Frederick Norkeh, who saw an opportunity to help women in need. But the roots of this grassroots organization go back to 2006 when Bulleh’s husband, Frederick, was asked by the newly elected and first female president of Liberia, West Africa, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to join her cabinet. Despite the challenges of a country just emerging from a brutal 14-year civil war, Frederick went to live in Liberia to help the newly established government restructure. Bulleh visited and was moved by the desperate need of the people she saw there. In 2009, she moved her two young girls, who were 13 and 17, to Liberia to support her husband and to help the people of Liberia. As you might expect, the transition from Wisconsin, a first-world country, to Liberia, a third-world country still reeling from the aftermath of a civil war, was incredibly challenging. The adjustment was particularly difficult for the children, who had grown up in the relative comfort and security of the United States.
Bulleh opened a small store-front location in Monrovia and watched the women navigate their day-to-day lives. She started to ask questions and gained their trust. The stories of these women and their struggle for survival unfolded, and Bulleh and Frederick started gifting the women selling goods, which allowed them to sell a product and turn a profit to support their families. Over time, more women found Bulleh, and in 2015, she started posting on her personal Facebook page, asking friends to help. The response was overwhelming, and Girl Power Africa was officially born in 2016.
Since then, Girl Power Africa has continued to empower women, educate children, and distribute needed supplies.
In 2017, the organization received its non-profit status in the USA, and donors began sponsoring the empowered women’s children for school. The impact of Girl Power Africa is immeasurable, and the organization continues to make a difference in Liberia every day.
Won’t You Join Us?
Our founder recognized the harsh realities facing women and children in Liberia, a country where they are often neglected and mistreated. Instead of simply providing handouts, she sought to give them a hand up by empowering women with valuable skills and providing education to children. Since then, many donors have joined our cause and witnessed firsthand the incredible impact their contributions can make. If you’re new to Girl Power Africa, we welcome you to join us on our mission to change lives, not only for those we help but for yourself as well. As you connect with our organization across the ocean, you’ll experience the powerful change that comes from giving a hand up and providing a chance for a brighter future.
A Letter From Our Founder.
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, Wisconsin 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 went 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 our family 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% 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. Then I started to have more demand than what my pocket could 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 children who are now 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 family and friends 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 that we are now an official non-profit organization, who knew we would be where we are today!
We have grown beyond our initial mission of empowering women and have now expanded into education for children, making a significant impact in the lives of Liberia’s future leaders. Our progress is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, volunteers, and supporters. As we move forward, we are excited to see the positive impact we can continue to make in our community and beyond.
Thank you for joining me on this journey! Girl Power, making the world a little better, one child and one woman at a time!
Love, Bulleh (Boo)
Bulleh Bablitch-NorkehFounder of Girl Power Africa