Our Mission Statement

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

We are helping one woman at a time by giving them a hand up allowing them to leverage their economic, educational and social conditions in Africa through education and entrepreneurial opportunities.   

 

 

Our Story and How This Began

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

A 14-year brutal civil war has left the country in shambles, many children were orphaned and depend on relatives or strangers to take them in, entire families became homeless, many having to split up to go 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, more than 40% of Liberian girls ages 10-14 have never gone to school. Unfortunately, young girls fall victim to the most frequently reported crime in Liberia, rape or prostitution.

 

Our Founder

Bulleh Bablitch-Norkeh was born in Africa and raised from late childhood in the United States, more specifically Oregon, WI.  She enters this story when she finds herself back in her home country of Liberia, West Africa.  In 2006 Liberia was under a new presidency with their first female president and the very large task of rebuilding a country ahead. Bulleh's husband was called upon to help the new government get things set up.  When the move seemed to be a more permanent one Bulleh joined her husband in 2009, and once back in Liberia she began to see these stories unfold right before her eyes.  Bulleh could not sit idly by and decided to do something about it. There comes a point that you must stand up and offer a hand to another woman in need.  

 

In Her Words

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 Corp. volunteer father, Justice William Bablitch from Wisconsin. My father took me to Wisconsin 1981 where I attended High School in Oregon, WI and then onto 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, (first female president in Africa) called on my husband to come to Liberia and 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 over the years.

I had 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 for them free of charge 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 and 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)