WENInternational 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

  • ChaCha1

    That’s a really good organization. A lot of kids don’t have the opportunity to travel outside of their own birthplaces. It’s even better to have those experiences captured on film for all to see. My preschooler is already asking me if we can go to “the other side of the world to visit other cities”, and I had to tell her that we’ll have to wait until we have more money. She pulled out her piggy bank. Made me a little sad…

  • http://succulentwomenfindlove.com Trenia

    Thank you so much for posting this. Travel and study abroad changed my life and worldview. I’m so excited that black girls are getting this opportunity!

  • http://gravatar.com/heavenleiblu heavenleiblu

    Love it.

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole

    This is great! Let me look for my checkbook because I plan to donate.

    So many young people are simply a product of their surroundings. I was beyond shocked to find out some kids in certain parts of Brooklyn haven’t even left the borough! This is a great way for these girls to see there is so much more to offer them.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    LOVE! What a great initiative! I love the fact that we are teaching our children the value of traveling and being aboard as an option for us. It is always sad to talk to an old person who never left the comforts of their city and wish they had when they were younger. So I say kudos for continuing to push our kids out of their comfort zone and let them actively become citizens of the world not just their city/state. So supporting!

  • http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew Jason Lemon, Director of The World They Knew

    Thanks a lot for your kind words! It means a lot know people like you support our vision!

  • http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew Jason Lemon, Director of The World They Knew

    Thanks a lot for your kind words! It means a lot know people like you support our vision! As posted in the article you can donate at our campaign site http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew

  • http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew Jason Lemon, Director of The World They Knew

    Thanks a lot for your kind words! It means a lot know people like you support our vision! As posted in the article you can donate at our campaign site http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew

  • http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew Jason Lemon, Director of The World They Knew

    Thanks a lot for your kind words! It means a lot know people like you support our vision! As posted in the article you can donate at our campaign site http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew

  • http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew Jason Lemon, Director of The World They Knew

    Thanks a lot for your kind words! It means a lot know people like you support our vision! As posted in the article you can donate at our campaign site http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew

  • Anon

    DON’T DISCOURAGE HER! Buy her some travel/picture books of the places she wants to go, or some movies that feature those places… and then start saving your money so that you can actually take her there. She doesn’t have to “wait” to learn about those places.

  • Anon

    I know right? I’ve always said that traveling abroad while I was still a kid shaped my worldview as an adult.

  • DownSouth Transplant

    I would love if each wrote a piece about their thoughts on the trip before leaving and a reflection piece after coming back and share with us.I always appreciate when hope and inspiration abound, sending them my love and a couple of bucks hoping they have a blast on the trip and change happens someplace, somewhere, somehow!

  • Barbara

    What a great idea for young girls to travel and expand their horizons!

    I’m going to contribute, financially..

  • http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew Jason Lemon, Director of The World They Knew

    Thanks so much!

  • http://www.indiegogo.com/theworldtheyknew Jason Lemon, Director of The World They Knew

    Great idea!

  • Marie

    Thanks for your contribution!

  • Keisha

    This is an amazing lifechanging opportunity for these young girls. I pledge my support to this organization for the excellent work they do both locally and internationally!

  • http://curlydeviants.com MsTBennett

    Yes yes and YES! I am in definite support of this. I’m so happy these girls are being given this opportunity and I can’t wait to hear their stories. I’ll be donating.

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