We provide mentorship and funding for educational opportunities to girls and young women in need in Uganda.

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Who We Are


The Baraka Girls organization provides young women in Uganda with funding for education, as well as career development and healthcare. Along with this financial support, we mentor each of the Baraka Girls as they navigate the complexities and joys of womanhood.

The organization is comprised of women in the United States who have lived or volunteered in Eastern Africa. Each of us were deeply moved by the overwhelming desire of young women to receive an education. It is with respect and commitment that we witness and promote the extraordinary personal and professional growth of each of the young women we sponsor.


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Meet a few of the Baraka Girls


Sonia

Sonia

Sonia is a sensitive and emotional girl. She dreams of a life beyond the one room she shares with her younger brother. She is lovely, bright, and hard working and her dream is to go to Nursing School after she completes high school. Sonia has been sponsored by Baraka Girls since 2012.

Michelle

Michelle

Michelle's mother escaped the Rwandan genocide only to die in childbirth with Michelle's younger sister. Michelle is just starting high school. Her older sisters are part of Baraka Girls and are now able to serve as role models to her. Michelle has been sponsored by Baraka Girls since July 2018.

Joanita

Joanita

Joanita could not be more excited by finding herself in Nursing School. It is more than she has ever imagined for herself. As the daughter of a maid, she was never expected to pursue higher education. Nurses are much needed in the Uganda Healthcare system as they form the backbone of the health delivery in Uganda, making up 72% of the health workforce. Joanita has been sponsored by Baraka Girls since 2012.

Shakira

Shakira

Shakira is creative, passionate and shy. Mostly she is committed to working hard and making an independent life for herself and her siblings. She is currently attending trade school and also pursuing her passion for journalism. Shakira has been sponsored by Baraka Girls since 2012.

Shifra

Shifra

Shifra has graduated and is working as a pre-school teacher. Baraka Girls supplements her income so that she can continue to do this meaningful work while supporting her younger siblings in their education and providing them with food and housing. Shifra has been sponsored by Baraka Girls since 2012.

Helena

Helena

Helena likes serving others and wants to become a doctor. Helena has been sponsored by Baraka Girls since August 2019.

Anna

Anna

Anna is lively, likes travelling and wants to become an air hostess. Anna has been sponsored by Baraka Girls since August 2019.

Lailalata

Lailalata

Lailalata comes from a large family in a remote area of Uganda. The family was offered a BG scholarship in August 2019 and Lailalata was chosen from all the cousins as she is determined, bright, and community minded. Lailalata hopes to become a doctor

Support the Baraka Girls


 

Your contribution, no matter the amount, will greatly facilitate our efforts to improve the lives of young women in Uganda. It currently costs approximately $2,400 annually to provide each of our Baraka Girls with a boarding school education, health care, and school supplies. Donations of all sizes are a meaningful contribution towards improving the lives of the Baraka Girls.

 
 

 
 

DONATIONS BY CHECK CAN BE SENT TO:

Baraka Girls
Attn: Anna Baylor
516 Walnut Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

 
 

Baraka Girls is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3), of the United States Internal Revenue Code. The full amount of your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

FEIN: 83-1411579

 

Our Board of Directors


Marlys Samler

Marlys Samler

President

Marlys retired recently after 30 years of teaching 4th and 5th graders in low-income districts. She has been involved in orphan care in Mexico, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Uganda. Marlys was drawn to join Anna Baylor in her commitment to educating young Ugandan women, believing that education and mentoring can drastically improve their lives.

Anna Baylor

Anna Baylor

Vice-President

Dr. Anna Baylor is a family physician at Petaluma Health Center. She worked for Massachusetts General Hospital in Mbarara, Uganda from 2011-2015. Anna founded Baraka Girls after witnessing the overwhelming need and desire of young women to receive an education and become professionally successful.

Shaadi Adibsami-Baylor

Shaadi Adibsami-Baylor

Treasurer

Shaadi had the opportunity to live and volunteer in Uganda after completing her undergraduate education. As a feminist and enthusiastic advocate for women’s equal rights, Shaadi has served on the Baraka Girls' board since its inception. She currently lives in Seattle.

Aria Adibsami-Baylor

Aria Adibsami-Baylor

Secretary

Aria traveled to southern Africa, Namibia, when she was fourteen. She saw then the eagerness and desperation with which children sought an education. During her further trips to Uganda and South Africa Aria has been able to assist children with their education and she has seen the real benefit on their lives.

Carmen Butts

Carmen Butts

Dr. Carmen Butts is a family medicine physician at Petaluma Health Center. She has done medical missions in Haiti and Kenya. Carmen joined the Baraka Girls board in 2018 because she believes that educating girls is a key to transforming communities.

Alex Downing

Alex Downing

Alex was introduced to many wonderful, young Ugandan women while staying with Anna Baylor in Mbarara during the spring of 2014. She saw firsthand how important educational opportunities were to them and is grateful that Baraka Girls has allowed her to stay connected to the women she met and share their stories with others. Alex currently lives in New Orleans and works in digital marketing.

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