International traveling is a privilege that isn’t afforded to many Americans. The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries reports only 30 percent of U.S. citizens own passports. Women Empowering Nations (WEN), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls and women, is aiming to infect 10 eighth grade girls with the travel bug this summer.
Carlisha Williams, the founder of WEN and an eighth grade math teacher, will be taking several of her students to the Girls Leading Our World Travel Seminar and Leadership Conference. The children will traipse from North Tulsa, Oklahoma to Casa Blanca, Morocco and Bajul, Gambia to “explore North and West African cultures, tour historic sites, and participate in a girls’ leadership conference with local Gambian girls” according to WEN’s website.
Three of the participants will have their experiences captured in “The World They Knew.” Kyra, Christina and Kerrigan will open their lives to the camera to highlight all of their adventures abroad. WEN plans to release “The World They Knew” to film festivals after it’s completed, but this project can’t be produced without assistance from the public.
Williams has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise revenue for the students’ airfare, hotel accommodations and other traveling necessities. WEN is seeking $35,000 to bring the 10 girls, including the documentary participants, to Africa.
To learn more about the Girls Leading Our World Travel Seminar and Leadership Conference and donate to the project, visit WEN’s Indiegogo campaign page.