Meet Our Founder
Message from our Founder, Vivian Glyck
Many people have asked me how and why I started working in Uganda, East Africa. The video on this page gives you a good idea of my journey, but like many initiatives, I can see that getting to this point has been part of a longer journey that all took on a faster pace after my son was born in 2002.
Becoming a mother didn’t just open my heart to my own child, but as so often happens, it opened my heart to the needs and concerns of mothers and children all around the world. I came to understand and respect mortality – that we all have a limited time to make our impact on the planet. I developed a keen sense that the world is so small, it is really just one community, and I realized that taking care of oneself means heeding one’s calling – without hesitation or deliberation.
I often get asked… Why Africa?
I know that there are so many children all over the world who need love and care. I know that there are children living in poverty and despair with no hope to carry them through the day.
But nothing compares to the statistics that affect children in Africa:
To date, 17 million Africans have died of AIDS. How can anyone even comprehend a number like this?
And it doesn’t stop there…
Over 12 million
children are already orphaned by AIDS. Imagine the children you know, suddenly losing their parents. Now imagine these children with no resources whatsoever.
30 Seconds a child in Africa dies of malaria – that’s 3,000 childen EVERY DAY.
Over the last nine years, working directly on the ground with communities and individuals, we’ve learned first hand that vulnerable adolescent girls are at the greatest risk for perpetuating the cycle of poverty by becoming pregnant and contracting disease. They and their offspring spiral downward and weigh heavily on the community and the world at large. Yet GIRLS are the greatest resource for changing the cycle of poverty by staying in school, avoiding pregnancy, finding their voice, standing up for themselves and pursuing a future of financial independence and contribution.
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Our vision is to create a dramatic improvement in the world’s health, economic stability, and environment by empowering vulnerable adolescent girls to achieve their full potential…
And our mission is to empower vulnerable adolescent girls by enabling them to create healthy self-sustaining families who prosper without further aid.
Our commitment to donors is to provide audio, video, and written documentation so that you can experience a first-hand account of how your donated funds are being allocated. The bottom line is that we want you to make a DIRECT connection with the children you are helping.
I know that I speak for so many people when I say that all children are “Just Like My Child.” Let’s close the great divide.
Vivian Glyck, Founder of Just Like My Child Foundation